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Subject: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: laldn324 on 08/04/05 at 1:19 pm

:D I have no idea how to really describe what this was, but maybe some of you will know.  Back in the 80s, when we were bored in class (usually just the girls) would fold up this square of paper that you would write questions and answers in, underneath the flaps that were folded into it.  Then someone would pick a number, the person with the paper thing would move the paper flaps back and forth, and you'd have to answer a question - who's the cutest singer, what's your favorite color, etc.  It was really hokey and stupid, but I was trying to make one to show somebody and I can't remember how to fold them. Of course, then they acted  like I had three heads - (which is pretty much what you guys are doing now LOL!)  When I started looking online for how to make it, I realized I had no idea what you call that supid thing.  Am I totally confusing anyone or does anyone know what I'm talking about and, if so, what you call it?

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: ADH13 on 08/04/05 at 1:56 pm


:D I have no idea how to really describe what this was, but maybe some of you will know.  Back in the 80s, when we were bored in class (usually just the girls) would fold up this square of paper that you would write questions and answers in, underneath the flaps that were folded into it.  Then someone would pick a number, the person with the paper thing would move the paper flaps back and forth, and you'd have to answer a question - who's the cutest singer, what's your favorite color, etc.  It was really hokey and stupid, but I was trying to make one to show somebody and I can't remember how to fold them. Of course, then they acted  like I had three heads - (which is pretty much what you guys are doing now LOL!)  When I started looking online for how to make it, I realized I had no idea what you call that supid thing.  Am I totally confusing anyone or does anyone know what I'm talking about and, if so, what you call it?


we didn't put questions and answers, but i do know what you are talking about... we called them fortune tellers.   we would say "pick a number" then "pick another number" then on the inside would be a fortune cookie type phrase.

I remember how to make them if you need help, let me know

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/04/05 at 2:04 pm


:D I have no idea how to really describe what this was, but maybe some of you will know.  Back in the 80s, when we were bored in class (usually just the girls) would fold up this square of paper that you would write questions and answers in, underneath the flaps that were folded into it.  Then someone would pick a number, the person with the paper thing would move the paper flaps back and forth, and you'd have to answer a question - who's the cutest singer, what's your favorite color, etc.  It was really hokey and stupid, but I was trying to make one to show somebody and I can't remember how to fold them. Of course, then they acted  like I had three heads - (which is pretty much what you guys are doing now LOL!)  When I started looking online for how to make it, I realized I had no idea what you call that supid thing.  Am I totally confusing anyone or does anyone know what I'm talking about and, if so, what you call it?
I remember what you mean, it was done when I at school back in the 60s, there again does it have a name?

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Howard on 08/04/05 at 2:40 pm

I remember "Fortune Teller".I always wound up with some stupid answer. ;D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: laldn324 on 08/04/05 at 2:42 pm


we didn't put questions and answers, but i do know what you are talking about... we called them fortune tellers.  we would say "pick a number" then "pick another number" then on the inside would be a fortune cookie type phrase.

I remember how to make them if you need help, let me know



;D Yep, that's it!  Whew, I figured people would think I was nuts! LOL  That would be awesome if you could give me a reminder or two of how to get them started if you don't mind - you can e-mail me at gapeach324@yahoo.com - or, if if you want to post it here in case anyone else is insterested - whichever is easier.  I tried to make one yesterday, but it looked more like abstract origami! Thanks!!!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: ADH13 on 08/04/05 at 3:17 pm



ok start with a square paper, and fold the four corners all the way in, until the corners are in the center.

Now you should be looking at a smaller square.

Turn the whole thing over so that the back (the smooth part) is facing you

Fold the four corners of the smaller square in, toward you, until the corners are in the center.

With the part you just folded face UP, fold the whole thing in half.

Put your thumb and forefingers underneath the outer layers and and push inward.

Let me know if that helps... if you're still having trouble I will try to post pictures of how it should look after each step.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Acidpiss on 08/04/05 at 6:06 pm

I remember these damn things!

Seems like it was an art form that must've died in the 80's as I don't recall seeing one since my junior high years (started high school in '89/90 year).

Whoever figured out how to make these things originally should go to work for NASA.

- Rob

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: laldn324 on 08/04/05 at 9:19 pm



ok start with a square paper, and fold the four corners all the way in, until the corners are in the center.

Now you should be looking at a smaller square.

Turn the whole thing over so that the back (the smooth part) is facing you

Fold the four corners of the smaller square in, toward you, until the corners are in the center.

With the part you just folded face UP, fold the whole thing in half.

Put your thumb and forefingers underneath the outer layers and and push inward.

Let me know if that helps... if you're still having trouble I will try to post pictures of how it should look after each step.


:) Thanks so much for posting this!!  I'm going to try it right now - I'll let you know if I have any trouble, but I think once I get started, it will all come back to me.  Boy, if I had back all the time I spent making those things in 8th grade....Anyway, thanks for helping me bring back a wee bit of my childhood  8)

I think it's a dead art - something that went out with the 80s.  Makes me feel old, kinda like "back when I was a kid, we had to make toys out of paper". LOL!! 

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Class of 84 on 08/04/05 at 9:28 pm

I don't think it's dead, my son came home a few months ago making those things and having me pick numbers all night long... :-*

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: JamieMcBain on 08/04/05 at 9:31 pm

I remember them....  ;D  I always got bad or stupid answer!  ;D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/05/05 at 9:04 am

OMG this is hysterical. I remember these  ;D Completely forgot about them!

I remember some people made TINY TINY ones-dunno how they wrote anything in them. I remember one teacher (Math? History???) who got mad and would take them away and keep you after school for a half hour if he caught you with them. Killjoy....

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: robby76 on 08/05/05 at 11:01 am

This is an old game, I used to watch my sisters play it in the 70's... it always started with "What colour do you want?" sung in like a kiddies way.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Paul on 08/05/05 at 11:16 am

Ah! Origami...the ancient Japanese art of making a crumpled bit of paper!

I used to know these things as 'salt cellars', basically when you invert the thing on its points, it looks like one...sort-of!

I was quite good at making paper 'gliders' (especially in a boring math lesson), but I couldn't quite get to grips with the 'flapping bird'...

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/05/05 at 2:14 pm


Ah! Origami...the ancient Japanese art of making a crumpled bit of paper!

I used to know these things as 'salt cellars', basically when you invert the thing on its points, it looks like one...sort-of!

I was quite good at making paper 'gliders' (especially in a boring math lesson), but I couldn't quite get to grips with the 'flapping bird'...
To make a Hungry Bat:

http://net4tv.com/voice/graphics/bat_origami.gif

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/05/05 at 2:22 pm

Do you have a a url for that? Can't make out all the steps. That looks cool!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/05/05 at 2:24 pm


Do you have a a url for that? Can't make out all the steps. That looks cool!
http://www.paperfolding.com/diagrams/

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/05/05 at 2:26 pm

Thank you  :)

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/05/05 at 2:33 pm


Thank you  :)
I do wish to see a picture online of your results.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Howard on 08/05/05 at 2:34 pm


I remember them....  ;D  I always got bad or stupid answer!  ;D



I remember all the girls were doing Fortune Teller with the guys back in High School. ;D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: MetalManiac on 08/05/05 at 6:37 pm


I do wish to see a picture online of your results.


I'll snap a picture when I do one. Maybe I'll try when I'm watching X Games tonight on ESPN

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: GREEN67 on 08/06/05 at 10:35 pm

:) I remember!!!!!!!!!! I used to love those things...We would get bored in class and all make one..and we'd ask if a certain boy liked us or some silly stuff and actually believe the answers..reminds me of the old 8 balls..where you ask a question an turn it over and the little cube would come up and say " maybe" or "try again"..lol...remember the notes back then too...do you want to "go" with me..check box..yes or no...or sometimes we'd put another little box that said maybe...lol..

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: kairi747 on 08/09/05 at 9:40 pm

they are now called cootie catchers and Klutz makes a book showing you how to make them and it comes with pre-fab ones, too!  they are still popular with the kids.  my daughter loves origami and makes all kinds of cool stuff!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: GREEN67 on 08/09/05 at 9:47 pm

:D..Cootie Catchers huh?? Thats soo funny..Ill have to show my daughter how to make one..havent seen one lately with the kids now..

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: karen on 08/10/05 at 5:24 am



I used to know these things as 'salt cellars', basically when you invert the thing on its points, it looks like one...sort-of!



That's the name given in my brother's Origami book.


they are now called cootie catchers


What's a cootie?

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: TC1970 on 08/10/05 at 6:12 am

I remember them! I can't recall what we called them.  Sometimes they were filled with insults.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: mrgazpacho on 08/11/05 at 6:16 am


What's a cootie?


Girl Germs  :D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: karen on 08/11/05 at 6:43 am


Girl Germs  :D


thanks mrgazpacho

which also helps to explain part of a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon.  Calvin accidently ends up on the payground with only the girls around and he puts up his t-shirt as a breathing mask and says something about it being "Cootie Central"

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: kairi747 on 08/12/05 at 10:43 pm


Girl Germs  :D


hmmm...i always thought they were BOY germs!!  ;D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: robby76 on 08/12/05 at 10:55 pm

i thought they were head lice... aka anybodys germs!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Atari on 08/13/05 at 8:21 am


they are now called cootie catchers and Klutz makes a book showing you how to make them and it comes with pre-fab ones, too!  they are still popular with the kids.  my daughter loves origami and makes all kinds of cool stuff!


We called them cootie catchers back in elementary school. I was just thinking about those things last night :)

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Leslie on 08/13/05 at 9:29 pm



ok start with a square paper, and fold the four corners all the way in, until the corners are in the center.

Now you should be looking at a smaller square.

Turn the whole thing over so that the back (the smooth part) is facing you

Fold the four corners of the smaller square in, toward you, until the corners are in the center.

With the part you just folded face UP, fold the whole thing in half.

Put your thumb and forefingers underneath the outer layers and and push inward.

Let me know if that helps... if you're still having trouble I will try to post pictures of how it should look after each step.


I can't get it to work. please help!! ty ty ty!!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Magnum,PI {2} on 08/25/05 at 2:05 pm

i remember that! heh the kids in my school called them "Cootie Catchers"

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Paul on 08/25/05 at 2:33 pm


i thought they were head lice... aka anybodys germs!


We knew them as 'nits'...

Not sure whether schools still have 'em, but we used to have the occasional visit from the 'nit nurse' - a formidable lady who used to go through every kids' hair with the traditional steel comb and a bowl of disinfectant...happy days!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/25/05 at 3:28 pm


We knew them as 'nits'...

Not sure whether schools still have 'em, but we used to have the occasional visit from the 'nit nurse' - a formidable lady who used to go through every kids' hair with the traditional steel comb and a bowl of disinfectant...happy days!
Why did the 'nit nurse' always looked like Hattis Jacques?

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: mrgazpacho on 08/26/05 at 1:03 pm

You were hoping for Joan Sims? :P

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/26/05 at 1:50 pm


You were hoping for Joan Sims? :P
Valerie Leon would have been perfect!

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 07/18/08 at 3:58 am

I thought I would bump this because we were talking about those fortune teller paper things in another thread recently, and this thread has instructions on how to make them.  A great board AND educational too.  ;D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: gibbo on 07/18/08 at 8:39 am


I don't think it's dead, my son came home a few months ago making those things and having me pick numbers all night long... :-*



My 8 year old had one a few weeks back.....with the lamest quotes written in it that didn't make any sense. ;D  (this is in Australia)

I also remember them from my childhood.........all those years ago in the 60's.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: swinggal on 07/19/08 at 1:23 pm

We used to call them 'Chatterboxes' here in Western Australia and they were always filled with insults. Haha. My mum recons she used to make them as a kid in the 50s too, so seems like they have been around forever.

http://www.tappi.org/paperu/images/Seven.jpg

Looks like there are pre-printed ones now too. I much prefer the silly made up insults. Like, 'you stink', 'you have warts'....all kids silly stuff :)

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Ellavemia on 07/21/08 at 11:46 am

I need to make one of these for my important life decisions.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/07/08 at 4:00 am

How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller on YouTube

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: LaNeita on 12/31/10 at 10:36 am

The correct name is Cootie Catcher.  It is a game from Germany.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 12/31/10 at 3:01 pm

Oh geez...my girlfriend just made one of these a couple weeks back.  ;D

The girls had cootie catchers, and the boys had...PAPER FOOTBALL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbFyb5pLLLQ

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/01/11 at 6:42 am


The correct name is Cootie Catcher.  It is a game from Germany.
What was it called in Germany?

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Nicole on 10/14/11 at 6:38 am


:D I have no idea how to really describe what this was, but maybe some of you will know.  Back in the 80s, when we were bored in class (usually just the girls) would fold up this square of paper that you would write questions and answers in, underneath the flaps that were folded into it.  Then someone would pick a number, the person with the paper thing would move the paper flaps back and forth, and you'd have to answer a question - who's the cutest singer, what's your favorite color, etc.  It was really hokey and stupid, but I was trying to make one to show somebody and I can't remember how to fold them. Of course, then they acted  like I had three heads - (which is pretty much what you guys are doing now LOL!)  When I started looking online for how to make it, I realized I had no idea what you call that supid thing.  Am I totally confusing anyone or does anyone know what I'm talking about and, if so, what you call it?


This is awesome!  I so remember those things and my son is in the first grade this year and brought one home and wanted to make one, but I couldn't remember how to make it.  I looked on the computer and this was the first thing I found and it gave me exactly what I needed.  It is amazing how much you forget between now and back in the 80's.  This was great and helped alot.  Thanks for asking and I thank the person for giving us directions.  I did remember it once I started doing it again.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: wagonman76 on 01/18/12 at 12:09 am

We called them cootie catchers in school too.  Never heard them called a fortune teller.  I never really liked them but I made a few just so I could do it.

Other things that were commonly folded were those 4 pointed throwing stars.  I learned how to make those.  Then I started making throwing pentagons to be a little different.  One kid taught me how to make the common origami pterodactyl, and after that I learned how to make a bunch of things.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: nally on 01/18/12 at 1:15 am

I always knew it as a "Fortune Teller game"; that is, when I first heard a term for it.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Lindee on 01/21/12 at 5:02 pm

We had fortune tellers back in the 70s.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: reneejay143 on 02/15/12 at 3:55 pm

its called a COOTIE CATCHER!!! lol i loved making them and do today with my 13 year old son its great fun  :D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: danootaandme on 02/15/12 at 4:18 pm

And now for some real paper folding.  One piece of paper, folded:

http://images.sodahead.com/slideshows/000013451/4113793027_origami_swan_by_phissen-57314596238_xlarge.jpeg

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Howard on 02/15/12 at 7:07 pm


its called a COOTIE CATCHER!!! lol i loved making them and do today with my 13 year old son its great fun  :D


cootie catcher? Are you sure that's what it was called?  ???

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Howard on 02/15/12 at 7:08 pm

It was called "Fortune Teller".

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 02/15/12 at 7:19 pm


And now for some real paper folding.  One piece of paper, folded:

http://images.sodahead.com/slideshows/000013451/4113793027_origami_swan_by_phissen-57314596238_xlarge.jpeg


That's really cool looking.  How big did that piece of paper have to be?  6 feet by 10 feet?  ;D

You could make that swan into a fortune teller, maybe write stuff under his wings and tail?  :D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: danootaandme on 02/16/12 at 4:09 am


That's really cool looking.  How big did that piece of paper have to be?  6 feet by 10 feet?  ;D

You could make that swan into a fortune teller, maybe write stuff under his wings and tail?  :D


There was a special on PBS, "Between the Folds" about some real serious smart guys who have taken origami to a new level they take paper and use geometric equations to map out a plan and make really elaborate works. It can be seen on Netflix.  Keep in mind all these foldings are made with one folded and refolded piece(no cutting allowed) of paper.

http://fabulouspapers.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/mens-et-manus-origami.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s-zJi--xTrc/Tk1aJGvQdUI/AAAAAAAAMC4/cPtetWivsb8/s1600/Money-Origami-Bear.jpg

http://www.topdesignmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/origami-swan.jpg

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Howard on 02/16/12 at 6:41 am


There was a special on PBS, "Between the Folds" about some real serious smart guys who have taken origami to a new level they take paper and use geometric equations to map out a plan and make really elaborate works. It can be seen on Netflix.  Keep in mind all these foldings are made with one folded and refolded piece(no cutting allowed) of paper.

http://fabulouspapers.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/mens-et-manus-origami.jpg

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-s-zJi--xTrc/Tk1aJGvQdUI/AAAAAAAAMC4/cPtetWivsb8/s1600/Money-Origami-Bear.jpg

http://www.topdesignmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/origami-swan.jpg


Those are really beautiful.  :)

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: nally on 02/16/12 at 2:35 pm


It was called "Fortune Teller".

That's what I always knew it as.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: lady of the 80s on 02/16/12 at 9:14 pm

I call them Cootie Catchers.  I don't remember where I first heard that term and I'm not sure if my classmates and I called them that back in school, but I picked it up somewhere.

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 02/17/12 at 9:22 pm

It was called

"You're a homo."

:D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: Howard on 02/18/12 at 6:39 am


It was called

"You're a homo."

:D


;D

Subject: Re: Folded paper game/question thing - what was it called?

Written By: the OlLine Rebel on 02/18/12 at 8:22 pm

I did this all the time c.1981 in middle school.  I don't know if we called it anything.  Unfortunately I don't remember how to do it - but we did have to start out with a square, so had to cut off a section of standard paper.  Recently I saw 1 of these in a picture, I think on TV but don't recall what it was or where.

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