The Thumb Game

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The Thumb Game (oyayubi sagashi) is a Japanese urban legend about a young woman who died. Anyone who finds her missing thumb will be granted a wish. The game is also sometimes called "Looking for the thumb." 


The object of The Thumb game is to find the missing left thumb of a murdered young woman. If you find it, your wish will be granted. You need three or more people to play this game. 

In a villa, a 20-year old woman was murdered. Her corpse was dismembered. When her body parts were discovered, they were strewn all around the villa. Her left thumb was nowhere to be found.

Step 1: Form a circle sitting on the ground. You should grab the left thumb of the person on your right. The person on your left should grab your left thumb. 

While the game is in progress, do not let go of the person's thumb. Otherwise, when the game ends, their thumb will be missing. 

Step 2: Everyone has to close their eyes and imagine they are in the villa where the murdered woman was dismembered. You must do this seriously or else it will not work. 

While the game is in progress, do not open your eyes.

Step 3: Say the following chant twice. 

"Oyayubi, Oyayubi, hear our voices. Oyayubi, Oyayubi, grant our wish." 

You will be transported to a room you've never seen before. It is a western-style villa. There is one solitary candle in the room.

Step 4: You must start looking for the thumb immediately. You have until the candle burns out to search for the severed thumb. 

Step 5: To get back to the villa, you must blow out the candle.


While you are in the villa, looking for the thumb, you may feel someone tap you twice on the shoulder. When this happens, do not look behind you. Otherwise, you will never be able to come back alive. 

Warning: It is extremely important that you do not look behind you. If you do, you will be killed. You will ever return from the villa. You will be forced to remain there eternally, tapping people on the shoulder twice and then brutally murdering them. Instead of just being a missing person, you will be a murderer. 

If you manage to find the severed thumb, hold it tightly in your hand and then blow out the candle. You will return and your wish will be granted. If you cannot find the thumb, just blow out the candle and return. Do not allow the candle to burn out on its own or you will be stranded in the villa.


The Thumb Game Rules:

1. Do not let go of anyone's thumb.

2. Do not open your eyes.

3. Do not allow the candle to burn out.

4. Do not look behind you.

The Thumb Game can be very dangerous. We recommend that you do not play it unless you memorize all of the rules beforehand. A mistake could cost you your life.

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