The game of Rock, Paper, and Scissors has been played for generations by both children and adults for entertainment and is often used as an alternative tool for decision making similar to flipping coins or drawing straws. The hand gestures are well known worldwide and the game itself has names from other parts of the world such as Stone, Cloth, and Scissors and Roshambo (or Row-Sham-Bow). However, sometimes the same old hand gestures to such an old game can become very boring. Fortunately, as the times have changed so have the hand gestures to this age old entertaining decision making process/game. To fit the times, alternative hand gestures have been substituted to replace the traditional Rock, Paper, and Scissors.
Nuclear Bomb > Rock
Foot > Paper
Cockroach > Scissors
The first hand gesture of the game is much similar to ‘Scissors’ from the original Rock, Paper, and Scissors. Sticking out your index finger and your middle finger lay the remaining closed fingers face down in your other palm. This will resemble the body of a cockroach with the two antennae wiggling out in front. This hand gesture is similar to scissors because both index and middle fingers are extended but differs because rather than imitating the traditional cutting motion you wiggle your fingers imitating a cockroach. Cockroach can only be defeated by ‘Foot’ but will survive the ‘Nuclear Bomb.’
The second hand motion, the ‘Foot’, is much similar to the ‘Rock’ from Rock, Paper, and Scissors. However, there is a slight alteration just like the ‘Cockroach’ hand gesture. The trick to the ‘Foot’ is to make a balled fist and lay all four knuckles flat into the palm of the other hand. This will represent either a foot or a boot. The similarity is that ‘Rock’ is represented by a balled fist but with the pinky flat into the palm of the other hand. Be sure to rotate the fist so that the four knuckles are flat. This will be confusing at first. The ‘Foot’ crushes the ‘Cockroach’ but cannot survive the ‘Nuclear Bomb.’
The ‘Nuclear Bomb’ is a little bit trickier as there is no real similarity between it and the hand gestures from the original Rock, Paper, and Scissors. With practice however it will be easy to master. The hand gesture to the ‘Nuclear Bomb’ is represented by an open hand with the fingers curled upwards and the wrist pointed towards the ceiling or sky. Although not very impressive, this is the best a hand can do to represent a mushroom cloud. The ‘Nuclear Bomb’ obliterates the ‘Foot’ but is outwitted by the ‘Cockroach.’
“Rock, Paper, Scissors.” By The Chemistry Encyclopedia