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Big Bang Theory

Posted on: March 13, 2009

I’m a big fan! And if you remember the episode where Sheldon talked about the rock-paper-scissors-lizard-spock as an alternative to rock-paper-scissors, I found its source. Apparently, it was already up in this site way back at least in 2005. The author provides a simple explanation as to why there should be 5 things to choose from:

I invented this game (with Karen Bryla) because it seems like when you know someone well enough, 75-80% of any Rock-Paper-Scissors games you play with that person end up in a tie. Well, here is a slight variation that reduces that probability. (Note that for those of you who like to swing your fist back and forth and say, “Rock, Paper, Scissors, GO!”, might want to continue to do that, replacing “Rock” with “One,” “Paper” with “Two,” and “Scissors” with “Three.”) This version is also nice because it satisfies the Law of Fives.

I’ve always wanted to try this game. But there are more permutations now, which would make the memorization task a little difficult. But I wonder how “fun” this will be.


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