Sunday, July 22, 2012

Poll: Rock, Paper, Scissors cadence

Recently Gwyn and I were solving a decision by playing rock paper scissors. This was common place for me in college, and it may or may not be how I got on Bill's Costco membership instead of Jake. Anyway, It became immediately clear that we had different understandings.... no, not understanding... we had different traditions revolving around the cadence of the game. So I ask you, my broad audience. What is the correct way? Or at very best, how do you play?

1) To start the game someone counts: "One, Two, Three, Shoot." On each of the numbers people, making a fist in one hand and a flat surface on the other, pound the fist in to the flat hand to keep the beat. Upon reaching the 'Shoot,' each player shows their play.

2) To start the game someone says: "Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot." As above, on the first 3 words, the players pound fist to hand to establish a rhythm. Upon the 'Shoot' word, the players reveal their play.

3) To start the game someone says: "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Same as #2, however when 'Scissors' is said the play is revealed.

4) I don't know what... anyone who does it different than me is just silly. ;)

Seriously, let me know if there are any other ways to play this game! Also, you should cast your vote to the right so we can keep track. 


  1. The way my fifth graders play is with the cadence, but they go "One... Two... Three" and on Three show their play.

    I googled it (don't say I'm not a 21st century gal) and it says:
    The players usually count aloud to three, or speak the name of the game (e.g. "Rock Paper Scissors!" or "Ro Sham Bo!"), each time either raising one hand in a fist and swinging it down on the count or holding it behind. On the third count (saying, "Scissors!" or "Bo!"), the players change their hands into one of three gestures, which they then "throw" by extending it towards their opponent. Variations include a version where players use a fourth count—"Shoot!"—before throwing their gesture, or a version where they shake their hands three times before "throwing."

    Sounds like all people have variations and even wikipedia can't decide ;-)

  2. I say number 2. I havent heard of the Ro Sham Bo one before!

  3. Matt Beal (my teaching partner and long time Boy Scout) always played "Ro Sham Bo"... that was the first I had heard of it.

  4. Big disagreement at Kirste's home where we are visiting. Tap hand twice and throw your "choice"; say it, etc. majority says "tap fist to hand and on third tap you show your choice." Skyler says it is called "stone, parchment, shears."

    Stan Cowart commenting (for those not recognizing the comment name)

  5. So at the pool today I watched a little 5 or 6 year old playing Rock Paper Scissors with a friend. I stood and watched. They played "One, Two, Three" and shot on 3. I talked to the lifeguard about it... she said she always said "One, Two, Three" because if she said "Rock, Paper, scissors" she would always show Scissors because it is what she just said. She had NEVER heard of shooting on 4... laughed and said it must be a Boston thing. I told her about maple bars/long johns and the discussion of "Chocolate maple bars" and she commented on the Bacon ones Saturday morning at Donut Parade :-)