“Roshambo” or “Rocks, Paper, Scissors” is one of the oldest games in existence. While the name “roshambo” is Egyptian, most believe the game was actually created in 200 BC Japan before migrating West in the 1700’s to become a favorite of Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Comte de Rochambeau. He may have actually been the one responsible for bringing it to the new world as well – the Count of Rochambeau was the general of the French troops sent in to support George Washington in the American revolution. Even so, no one is really sure where and how it spread, as there are origin stories from the Scandinavians and the Celts too. One thing for sure is that from Finland to Ancient Rome EVERYONE knew about it – and the same still holds true to this day. The game is so ingrained in world culture it has even been used in Federal court, by a Japanese CEO auctioning priceless works of art, and of course, at the official World Series of Rock Paper Scissors.
Roshambo: Paper Beats Rock by tadpolopoly
Acclaimed UK duo The Turin Brakes are doing an acoustic show at The Echo on May 14. Get your tickets!
Catch 1, 2, 3 at the Silverlake Lounge on May 10 – FREE show with War Tapes, The New Room and Tracy, Dean and Jesus. Info here.
I’m going to be honest, when I free associated the word “paper” my mind immediately goes to “paper heart” – the phrase, not the movie. But there is a movie. And I did find this ADORABLE scene.