Nugget of Knowledge: Rock, Paper, Scissors

Played in the United States Since 1930's


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) –  A rock, paper, scissors society holds world championship tournaments.

Versions of the game originated in China as far back as 1600 before spreading to Japan, where it was called “Jon Ken Pon.”

The Japanese game eventually spread to Europe in the early 20th century, and made it to the U.S. in the 1930s.

It turns out that most cultures have some variation of the game.

In Japan, a variation involve the chief of a village, a tiger, and the mother of the chief.

The tiger kills the mother, the chief kills the tiger and the mother kills the chief.

Another variation comes from Indonesia and involves an elephant, a person, and an ant, sometimes an earwig.

The elephant can crush the person, the person can crush the ant, but how can the ant win against the elephant?

It crawls in the elephant’s ear and drives it crazy.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have created a robot hand that never loses.

Using a high-speed camera, the robot recognizes within one millisecond which shape the human hand is making, then it beats you.

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