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Thumb war

Also known as thumb wrestling

User profile image Added Sunday, April 24, 2011
by Jessica White (50 points)

a children's game played by two players in a tournament called a thumb war using the thumbs to simulate fighting.

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    1. Players face each other and each holds out their left hand or right hand in a "thumbs up" and link hands in a monkey grip.
    2. The game is typically initiated with both the players uttering the rhyme "One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war". The rhyme is sometimes extended with "Five, six, seven, eight, try to keep your thumb straight."
    3. Gameplay has several tactics such as "playing possum", aiming for the knuckle rather than the nail for a pin, going for a quick strike, and waiting for one's opponent to tire.
    4. Variations include making the thumbs "bow", "kiss", or both before start.
    5. The game is won when one of the players manage to pin the other players thumb down for 2 seconds.
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