Answer Maybe, but in a roundabout way. You will probably not be surprised to learn that this question is apparently not something that has elicited a lot of serious historical research up to now "Where do I find historical evidence for a simple game played by children that requires no equipment?
Because this is just my theory, I am going to have to explain how I arrived at it. Clearing Out the Undergrowth of Misinformation First, a confession: Although I began playing rock-paper-scissors when I was a child, I had never heard it called "Rochambeau" until you sent in your question.
Asking around, however, I discovered that some of my colleagues, raised in various places around the country, had vaguely heard of "Rochambeau," but with some of them I was not able to figure out if they had definitely called the game of rock-paper-scissors "Rochambeau" when they were younger, or whether they had merely watched a certain South Park episode in which Eric Cartman challenged another child to play "Rochambeau," but which he explained as consisting in a kind of duel carried out by kicking each other Google "Rochambeau" and "South Park" to find a link to the clip, but I hereby give you a "language warning" for this.
Nevertheless, more Googling makes it clear that "Rochambeau," used for rock-paper-scissors, has an older and wider provenance. Mathematicians and evolutionary biologists, for example, who have recently become interested in "multivariant" selection systems over the past 20 years or so, have written about rock-paper-scissors and have typically cited the game as "rock-paper-scissors" and then added "Rochambeau" or "Roshambo" in parentheses after it.
So that carries the word back at least a couple of decades. As an illustration of the severe limits on using Wikipedia for research, the English-language Wikipedia entry on rock-paper-scissors or rock-scissors-paper, etc.
But the French-language Wikipedia entry on the game lists the Francophone countries' names for it as: It then says that the game is called "Rochambeau" in the United States.
I wondered whether "Rochambeau" might be an English-language corruption of a French triplet beginning with "roche" rockbut I have nothing else to offer in this speculative vein, so this is not part of my theory. A Historical Connection with Count Rochambeau? Next up was to consider the alleged connection with the Comte de Rochambeau, the French general who was a hero of the American Revolution.
Over the past decade, rock-paper-scissors has become a quasi-formally organized sport with international tournaments.
Two American brothers, Douglas and Graham Walker, organized the World RPS Society, with tournaments, a website, t-shirts, and posters, and they have also published a light-hearted guide to playing "professional" rock-paper-scissors, which includes a brief and half-serious history of the game.
Rochambeau and Lafayette and other French military officers were quite eager to come to America to fight with the Americans, and had to resist others' efforts to keep them in France so that their military experience would not be missed there.
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Another mention of the supposed historical connection with Rochambeau is in physicist Len Fisher's Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life The story goes that Rochambeau won, which is why the game is still called Ro-Sham-Bo in some quarters.
Cornwallis sent Washington a message under a flag of truce, proposing a cessation of hostilities so that officers appointed by each side could meet and "settle terms of the posts at York and Gloucester. Cornwallis sent back another written message to Washington, listing his terms.
Washington then decided that he could not accept the terms as written, but that they were enough to begin negotiations, so he agreed to the ceasefire and to send representatives to the Moore house on the York River behind the Americans' lines, where Cornwallis had proposed the meeting take place.
Negotiations lasted eight hours that day. They were extremely detailed about terms, including even the requirement for the British troops to march out with their colors masked and with their fifers not playing any British or German tunes.
A final agreement was reached only during the second session, the following day, on October 19, when the same negotiators returned, having consulted with their superiors. They then brought back the Articles of Capitulation for their commanders to study and to sign "in the trenches.In some circles, the decisive game of Rock, Paper, Scissors goes by another name: roshambo.
In the U.S.,the term is more commonly used on the West Coast, especially in northern California. 1. A French general who was in command of 6, troops during the American Revolution, fought with General Washington at Yorktown.
2. A name used originally by people playing Ultimate (Ultimate Frisbee) for the game Rock Paper Scissors. Used to determine who would throw first. Also written Roshambo and Row-Sham-Bow. 2. A . Apr 10, · roshambo (plural roshambos) (games) the game of rock paper scissors (as three words, ro sham bo) the syllables called out by players of rock paper scissors to synchronize their timing.
Apr 10, · (games) the game of rock paper scissors· (as three words, ro sham bo) the syllables called out by players of rock paper scissors to synchronize their timing.··To play a game of roshambo in order to decide a point of contention.
I'll roshambo you for it. An alternate name to Rock, Paper, Scissors. Lesson: There's no guaranteed winning strategy, but there is a losing one—doing the same thing over and over again.
3. Childhood slang for a swift kick in the nuts. All content is . Next up was to consider the alleged connection with the Comte de Rochambeau, the French general who was a hero of the American Revolution. Over the past decade, rock-paper-scissors has become a quasi-formally organized sport .