You’ve probably played the classic “shell game,” where you try to keep track of a concealed object that is moved beneath cups or shells. And you may think you’re pretty good, but you’ve likely got nothing on this cunning cat.
And, for education’s sake, here’s a bit of background on the “shell game.”
The Shell Game (also called Thimblerig, Three shells and a pea or the old army game) dates back thousands of years to, at least, Ancient Greece, where the game was played with seashells, walnut shells and even sewing thimbles. Today, it’s often played with cups and bottlecaps.
The game reached massive popularity during the nineteenth century, when games were setup at traveling fairs and circuses. Now, the game is still being played in many major cities around the world, especially in big cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. That said, the game is outlawed in many countries due to cheating, fraud and gambling for money.