Category Archives: Game


You shouldn’t walk across a grave

Background: The informant was a boy scout and eventually became an Eagle scout. He remembers a game he used to play with his fellow scouts that involved a superstition about graves and respect for the dead. TR: The superstition that you shouldn’t walk across a grave. It is bad luck to walk across a grave…. Continue Reading »

Down by the banks

The informant explained that this is a hand game or clapping game she used to play at summer camp in between activities with the other girls who were in her cabin. Her estimate for when people play it is ages 6-12. You learn it by playing and other children explain it to you. She also… Continue Reading »

Battleshots

Background: The informant loves games of all sorts: board games, drinking games, card games. He thinks they are a great way to be social, be involved and do something active with friends, so people aren’t passively on their phones. KD: Battleshots is a large scale drinking version of the classic game Battleship. When we played… Continue Reading »

Mao (card game)

Background: The informant first learned this game at a boy scout camp and has continued to play with his friends and introduce other people to the game. He likes it because you get to mess with people if you know how to play it, having insider knowledge. KD: Mao is a card game that the… Continue Reading »

Eyelash wishing game – Arabic Children’s Folk Game

Context: She was in an all-girls elementary school in Jordan when she learned this game. She thought that it was silly, and did not pay much mind to it, saying that “girls, usually teenagers, like to make wishes.” There are two versions of this game that she remembers. Game (Version 1): The game involves two… Continue Reading »