Rock Paper Scissors is one of the world's oldest and most popular games. Children love this game, but so do adults. There are Rock Paper Scissor tournaments in many countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and China. In the United Kingdom there is the Team Olimpik Rock Paper Scissors Championship. It takes place at the Knights Templar pub in Westminster, London.
How do you play Rock Paper Scissors? It is a simple game. Two contestants make one of three hand gestures. Rock is a fist; scissors is a fist with the index and middle finger extended into a "V"; and paper is a flat, open palm.
The players count aloud to three or say the name of the game: Rock! Paper! Scissors!. On each count, the players raise their fists and then swing them down. On the third count, the players extend their hands towards their opponent and "throw" one of the three gestures.
Each gesture defeats one of the others. The rock breaks the scissors; the scissors cut the paper; the paper covers and defeats the rock. If the players throw the same gesture, it is a draw. The players repeat the game.
THE CHINESE CONNECTION
The game originated in China. It was first played in the time of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). The game arrived in Japan during the 18th century. It wasn´t until the 20th century that it became popular in Europe and all over the world.
Rock Paper Scissors is often used to make choices. It is similar to tossing a coin. US federal judge Gregory Presnell used the game to resolve a legal dispute over the location of a deposition. The winner of the game chose the location.
There are different versions of the game. Rock is often substituted by Stone, though the gesture remains the same.
(from "Speak Up" Magazine, n.336)
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