M A S H = Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House
My informant first learned how to play this fortune-telling game in her middle school in Downey, CA from one of her girlfriends during lunch time. In MASH, on each side and corner of the square, you write a list up to four items you desire or absolutely hate. For example, one side of the square can have four names of potential husbands. On another side, there could be four names of the cars you may have in the future. MASH is at the top of the square indicating if you will live in a mansion, apartment, shack, or a house. The girl whose fortune is being told must close her eyes and at any time says, “Stop!” while the fortune teller would be drawing sticks. When the fortune teller stops, she counts how many sticks she has drawn. Then she counts from the “M” on the square around the square counting to however many sticks she had drawn. Whenever her count ends, she crosses out whatever item she lands on, and continues with her count again until only one item from each category is left. In the end, the girl will discover who she will marry, what kind of compartment she would reside in, what her job would be, how many kids she’ll have, what the color of her car will be, what her car will be, and where she will live.
I have also played this game several times as the fortune teller and as the person whose fortune is being told. It can take up a lot of time when needed and is quite entertaining. It is especially fun for girls because most girls typically like to daydream about who their husbands will be or where they will live in the next ten years and so on. Favorable results can be exciting and unfavorable results can be funny.