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Day 115: A Little Rochambo Down Under

Day 115:  Ro-cham-bo!

Day 115: Ro-cham-bo!

Do you ever get the feeling that all those cartoons and stories back in the Northern Hemisphere are true and everything in Australia does in fact run backwards? I. do.

>> You might want to check my post on how I live in a bilingual household.

In Australia, I’m bombarded with things that make me go, “Really?” Two years in and there are still these really moments. Thank you, Oz, for being so freaking backwards.

For some reason on the car ride home today, Pat asked me about Rochambo and how it is played in the USA. Do we say, “Ro-cham-bo,” while throwing our hands out on the “bo”?

I couldn’t answer Pat on that question because the only time I had heard people playing Rochambo was when it was a couple of guys trying to hit the other in the nuts. True story.

So, I told Pat that I normally played Rock, Paper, Scissors and that throwing out the hands depended on the group you were playing with. Some people might throw their hands out on “scissors”, but some might prefer to do an extra “shoot” or “go” where the calls are made.

Rock, paper, scissors, shoot.

And that’s when Pat reminded me that in Australia, they don’t play Rock, Paper, Scissors. No, here it’s called Scissors, Paper, Rock.



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6 Responses to Day 115: A Little Rochambo Down Under

  1. Aimee @GoBedRock April 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Ha! I’ll admit, we Aussies are a little backward but the “scissors, paper, rock” thing is DEFINITELY not universal. “R, P, S” all the way!!!!


    • Brooke April 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Woohoo! Good to hear that 😉

  2. Michael Hodson April 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    Rock, Paper, Scissors!

  3. Nicole April 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm #

    YES! I learned The game rock paper scissors as Rochambo! Called it that all my life & my son even told his conservative teacher he played it & his teacher said he had never heard of rochambo so I googled it & was horrified when I read what rochambo really is. Maybe I learned it from an Aussie? I don’t know but just happy I’m not the only one!

  4. Steve April 28, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I suppose down there paper beats scissors!

    • Brooke April 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

      Ha! I wouldn’t be surprised! Silly, backwards Oz 😉

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