faber at POP.HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Sun Aug 6 01:52:47 UTC 2000
At 8:27 PM -0500 8/5/2000, Tom Kysilko wrote, ostensibly about cootie catcher:
>I recently encountered a device made of folded paper, that grade school
>kids used for telling fortunes (when I was one.) The subject chooses an
>option written on a fold of the paper, the fortune-teller manipulates the
>device with four fingers revealing another set of options. This is
>repeated twice more, the last choice revealing the fortune written on the
>opposite side of the fold.
>Although I remember the device, I remember no name for it. My wife
>remembers it as a "cootie catcher".
Me too, now that you mention it...
>Are these things known by any other names? And what is their connection
Well, when I was in elementary school, I had no idea that cooties
weren't imaginary. Of course, we'd accuse other kids of *having*
them, even so. I remember vaguely using the cootie catchers to nip at
other kids' arms.
Alice Faber tel. (203) 865-6163
Haskins Laboratories fax (203) 865-8963
270 Crown St new improved email: faber at pop.haskins.yale.edu
New Haven, CT 06511 old email, if you must: faber at haskins.yale.edu
More information about the Ads-l