I listened to a RadioLab about Tic Tac Toe. An individual traveled to deep Siberia and asked a child if he wanted to play Tic Tac Toe (clearly there was more to the story). The kid was unaware of Tic Tac Toe. The adult started asking around and noticed a lot of other individuals didn’t know of it either. Then this information got to RadioLab and they sent out a call to people across the world to survey individuals if they knew about Tic Tac Toe. The findings were this, they did not know it by name, but once the grid was drawn they could identify it. Many other countries call it something similar to crosses and o’s.
It was interesting to hear about others not knowing the common game. It really shows culture differences. But it is very understandable that they might have a different name for it. After all Tic Tac Toe is a strange name. Now when I travel I know there is a good chance that if I draw a board a local will be able to play with me. 🙂