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Ro Sham Bo History

Ro Sham Bo

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Based in: Oakland, United States.

Ro Sham Bo is named after a popular hand game often used as a selection method in a similar way to coin flipping or drawing straws to select a person for some purpose. When Ro Sham Bo tours in Japan or Brazil, we're called Jan-Ken-Pon, but Philippinos call us Jack-n-Poy because they're cool. In England we're called Scissors-Paper-Stone because there's no Rockhenge, silly. In South Africa, the mildly offensive Ching-Chong-Cha. In Latvia we're called Akmens, skeres, papirits because of the catchy rhyme, "Akmens, skeres, papirits, viens, divi, tris." Caligula called us Saxum-Charta-Forfex, but in those days forfex beat everything because of the excitement over the newly invented scissors. Biologist Barry Sinervo from UC Santa Cruz discovered the Ro Sham Bo evolutionary strategy in the mating behavior of the side-blotched-lizard species Uta stansburiana. When we're not drinking during rehearsal, mating or playing Ro Sham Bo, we sing nicely.

Awards
2006 - San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes Best Original Arrangement - When I'm Kissing My Love
2013 - San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes Champions
2018 - Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals 2nd Place Winners
2018 - Harmony Sweepstakes National Finals Audience Favorites
2018 - San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes Audience Favorites
2018 - San Francisco Harmony Sweepstakes Champions