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MASH is a game, commonly played by preteens intended to predict one's future. The name is an abbreviation of "mansion, apartment, shack/street/shed/sewers, and house".
The game revolves around a set of headings or categories, such as: cars, kinds of homes, spouses, pets, and how many children they will have, but many people add additional categories. The game starts by writing out the title MASH at the top of a piece of paper. Then you list appropriate items for each of the categories: each player thinks of two items for each category. It is a little comical if you put things down the other person might not enjoy. After filling out all the categories the person the MASH is not about (player 2) draws a swirl. When the player 1, about whom the MASH is about, says "Stop", player 1 will then count the number of lines in the swirl. Player 1 counts each item down the page, and crosses off the word that they land on (for instance, if four lines were counted in the swirl, every fourth item is crossed off the list). This continues until only one item in each category; this is considered the player's future. The items in each category may be negative (e.g. someone the person does not like as a partner, something like a Yugo or a ZAZ Zaporozhets as a car) however some may be positive (e.g. someone the person does like as a partner, something like a Ferrari as a car).
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