How come casino dice game is , effectively, called “shits”?
Gus from team Thelma and Louise was asking me this recently when a question about Craps featured in a double-or-bust round at the Safari Lounge.
Craps traces its roots back to an ancient British dice game called Hazard.
According to Mental Floss, the explanation for the name comes from the time that Hazard was imported to the USA, and the roll of double-one (also known as “snake eyes”) was, for some reason, known in the Louisiana area as “crabs”.
“Crabs” transmuted to “Craps” and eventually became the standard name of the American casino staple. This explanation is also favoured by crapsage.com who attribute the “crabs” call to French sailors.
Meanwhile, Wikipedia’s explanation says that the game’s popularity spread from New Orleans, Louisiana where French influence was heavy and this took it’s French name “crapaud” with it as it spread.
Crapaud means toad and refers to the crouched stance of players as the game was originally played by people squatting in the street. On their honkers, as we used to say.
These are the two stories I’ve found so far. The variability and uncertainty lead me believe that I will not be doing questions on the matter any time soon.
I had a fairly inconsequential (first round) question last week where I asked for teams to give the four-letter word for the young of a deer.
Answer: Fawn (The additional clue was given by the fact that it was the same-letter round and the letter was F).
However, as I ask the question, one guy pipes up with “What species?”
I reply honestly enough: “I don’t know… a normal deer?”
Later, I asked him what he was talking about. He said that if it’s a red deer then it’s not a fawn, it’s a “calf”.
I asked him how he knew and he said that he used to disembowel them.
“I used to live on Knoydart,” he says, “We used to take them down off the hills and disembowel them. Big ones, and little ones too.”
“Was this for food?”
“Oh, they’re pests, they eat all the trees, and there’s millions of the buggers. There’s no wolves, see?”
So, although there is no strict logical connection between murdering an animal and knowing the technical term for its young, I thought there’s a chance me might know his onions so I head to God (aka Wikipedia) to check out the straight facts.
Wiki gives us this:
"For most types of deer in modern English usage, the male is a buck and the female a doe, but the terms vary with dialect, and according to the size of the species. The male red deer is a stag, while for other large species the male is a bull, the female a cow, as in cattle. In older usage, the male of any species is a hart, especially if over five years old, and the female is a hind, especially if three or more years old.The young of small species is a fawn and of large species a calf; a very small young may be a kid. A castrated male is a havier. A group of any species is a herd. The adjective of relation is cervine; like the family name Cervidae, this is from Latin: cervus, meaning stag or deer."
So there you have it. Blood-handed, wild-eyed, mountain-roaming outdoors type is correct.
and the Newsroom picture round has the flag of Uganda.
Did you know. The bird on the Uganda flag is a crane, specifically a grey-crowned crane. And you might think the colours were chosen because everyone in Uganda is a Partick Thistle supporter but the colours are, according to Wikipedia selected for these reasons:
Black: The People
Yellow: The sunshine of Africa
Red: African unity (the people are tied by blood).
Meanwhile, someone was asking if Mongolia had a team at the London 2012 Olympics or not. I guess they were thinking that maybe Mongolia is a poor country with nae athletes so maybe didn’t expect there to be a team.
I didn’t know the naswer on the spot so of course I looked it up and found that the answer is that they did and in fact they won five medals: 2 Judo, 2 boxing and 1 in Wrestling. All the medal winners were men apart from the wrestler who was a lady called Soronzonbold Battsetseg. Get your tongue round that.
Here she is:
In other not-necessarily-expected-at-theOlympics news, despite being a Mediterranean nation, Greece have put a team into the Winter Olympics an amazing eighteen times, although they have NEVER won a single medal, ever.