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No, seriously. I had Pandora open while I was sorting all my piles and piles of paper, and it played a song I hadn’t heard before, and the damn thing was catchy, so I went to look up the lyrics…and I found a truly ~*magical*~ game.
I’ll let Wikipedia do the explaining:
Are you there Moriarty? is a parlour game in which two players at a time participate in a duel of sorts. Each player is blindfolded and given a rolled up newspaper (or anything that comes handy and is not likely to injure) to use as a weapon. The players then lie on their fronts head to head with about three feet (one metre) of space between them - or in other versions hold outstretched hands, or stand holding hands as in a handshake. The starting player says “Are you there Moriarty?”. The other player, when ready, says “Yes”. At this point the start player attempts to hit the other player with his newspaper by swinging it over his head. The other player then attempts to hit the starting player with his newspaper. The first player to be hit is eliminated from the game and another player takes his place. The objective of the game is to remain in the game as long as possible.
Apparently it’s a variation on a vertical version of the game called “Big Brother”. I don’t know for sure that it’s the product of the eponymous song and early Sherlock Holmes fandom interbreeding, but given the nature of the game it’s probably a good guess. Especially given that, in most non-Wikipedia versions, the participants are supposed to be clasping their left hands together the whole time…sort of like a drunk college kid’s reenactment of “The Final Problem”??
I know Tumblr is like 80% Sherlock fans, okay
TELL YOUR CHILDREN
THEN TAKE PICTURES AND POST ‘EM HERE wait no
take VIDEO and dub the song over it
you’ll be a YouTube sensation!!!!!