(Detail from Brueghel's Painting)

Odds and Evens

This game appears to have been played in Ancient Rome and is probably much older.

How To Play The Game

Each player declares if they will be either “odds’ or “evens”.

Then both players clench their fists, count to three, and each player - at the same time - opens one hand, extending one or more fingers.

If the combined number of fingers is equal to an odd number - the player declaring “odds” wins. If the combined number is equal to an even number - “evens” wins. The girl at the left in the painting is counting fingers!

Last update February 9, 2010