The nose game

The nose game

The Nose Game (also known as Nose Goes) is a popular selection method most commonly used when deciding which of several persons is assigned an unwanted task.


The Nose Game is a predominantly American social phenomenon or game that serves as a simple technique by which a group of people can quickly determine which member will have to perform a necessary, but undesirable task.


One member of a group notices that something (usually a small or simple errand or task) needs to be done. They mention it, and place their finger alongside of their nose. As the other members of the group acknowledge the task (and usually agree to its necessity), they also place their finger along the side of their nose. The last person to do this is the chosen person to perform the task. Usually this person needs the game explained to them, having previously been unaware of it. If there are two or more people without touching their nose, then one of them can call out "Reverse" and the game is reversed to whomever is the last one touching their nose has to perform the task. In some versions of the game, the starting player (the player who first notices the task) must shout "Nose Goes!" to begin the game. However, the official rules state that if a finger is quickly moved to the nose after a task is mentioned the game is immediately started without verbal announcement.

This inherently viral teaching and participation component is connected to the rapid spread of the game throughout the United States.


Another Nose Game arose in 2006, though only vaguely related to the original. In this version, each player must hold his or her thumb to his or her nose. The last player to remove their thumb is declared the winner. Thumbs may be exchanged during play as long as at least one thumb remains on each player's nose.

A slightly different version of this game is frequented in the Netherlands, mostly in student circles. The basics are the same, except instead of touching your nose, you have to make a 'roof' (Dutch; 'dakje') above your head by placing the tips of your fingers together and making an upside-down V ('/'). The game is mostly started out by one person that acknowledges something needs to be done, and shouts out 'without X' ('zonder X') where X stands for the thing that needs to be done. This way the person making the roof claims to go without doing X, and so the last person to make the roof is the one that has to perform the task.


Experienced participants in the nose game often must decide on a method of breaking ties or 'close calls'. They usually take the form of a new action to be performed, with the last person to perform said action being the new loser.

Popular Tie-Breakers include:

"Moose-Ears"" - Participants place their hands splayed out against their head in an imitation of a moose's antlers. The origin of the misnomer 'moose-ears' is unknown.

"Jig"" - Partipants stand up and perform an impromptu jig. The quality of the jig is mostly irrelevant, as long as reasonable enthusiasm is demonstrated.

"Knee Down"" - While standing, a participant can call, "Nose goes, knee down," and the last participant to go down to one knee is the loser. Participants are also expected to keep a finger on their nose, as the tiebreaker is an extension of the original method, rather than a new task altogether.

"Re-load"" - When it becomes obvious that there has been a tie, someone calls out "re-load!". At this point, all participants must snap the finger on their nose down to their ankle (re-loading), and then back to their nose. As with the original nose game, the last person to touch their nose again is the loser. Only one reload is allowed, if there is another tie the tie must be broken by other means.

Rock, Paper, Scissors - If the tie is between two people, these participants may resort to the classic game of rock, paper, scissors. In this case, the first person to win a round is exempt from the task which the nose game was played for. Furthermore, this tiebreaker is not a best of three series; rather a one time deal in order to speed the process along.

GOES NOSE- Another popular tie breaker for the Nose Goes game is can Goes nose. As the name might suggest, it is the opposite to the idea of Nose Goes. Because the two sound very similar, when goes nose is yelled, the irst person to touch their nose is the loser. One strategy to Goes Nose is to say the words very quickly so they sound most similar to "Nose Goes."

In Popular Culture

The Nose Game is featured in the 1979 movie Meatballs to determine which person would stack the dishes at the end of a camp meal.

ee also

* Nose
* Game
* Selection methods
* Nose flute
* Nose fetishism
* I've got your nose


External links

* The [ Official Rules for "Nose Goes"]
* [ How to Win at Nose Goes] at wikiHow

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