Jan-ken-pon, Ching-Chang-Chong or simply Chifoumi
I recently asked myself where the game “Ching-Chang-Chong” comes from. I was a bit disappointed when I read that the German title of the Wikipedia page is in fact “Schere, Stein, Papier”. When we were young, we never called it like this! The game is called “Ching, Chang, Chong”, and there’s an end to it!
However, I was quite astonished when I realized that this game is really played all around the world! Here in the US they know it as “Rock-paper-scissors”, or RPS. My Korean office mate knows it and both the Chinese office mates know it. Another Korean here in the lab knows it, too, but he said it would be more common to give one’s choice not by making a gesture with the hand but by moving the feet (widening them means scissors, doing a step means paper and putting them together means stone, I think). The children in Turkey also play RPS, but:
Neither the Indians nor the Pakistani know it! (Well, one of the Indians did, but all the others did not). Maybe the British were to much focused on cricket when they colonized that area.
Some other stuff about Chifoumi:
- The French Wikipedia page on Pierre-feuille-ciseaux mentions a 2005 Jan-ken-pon match that decided about whether Christie’s or Sotheby’s would organize the auction of some paintings. Christie’s won because they took the scissors. This was an obvious step if one considers that they were going to sell paintings (like paper).
- There are many videos on YouTube about Rock Paper Scissors. Watch this one, and that one.
- The Finnish Wikipedia page about Kivi, paperi ja sakset mentioned this picture: