Just how old is this game?
Many of you may have played this game, even Elizabeth Hurley admits to having played it. I know that I have but I knew it as “Guess the spanker”.
It is played like this
One player sits down, another player is blindfolded, kneels, and places his/her head in the sitter’s lap. The kneeler places an open hand on his/her back, with palm uppermost, which other players take it in turns to strike, and the kneeler must guess who has struck the blow.
Except the version that I played had mine and other peoples back sides glowing, before it was finished.
But it has been going on for some time
Originally I presumed it to be a Victorian parlour game but last week I heard on the radio that this game had been defined in the first English Dictionary, written by Samuel Johnson dating it as far back as 1746.My curiosity aroused, I engaged on a little internet search mission and found this page Hot Cockles: Information from Answers.com that stated that this game may have been going on since the 14th century.
So rather than the hundred and something years that I thought this game had been played, it looks like it has been going on for seven hundred years or more. Long may this traditional spanko game continue.
And here endeth the history lesson 🙂