Monday, March 06, 2006

Rock Paper Scissors Rumble

Anyone who is still unable to figure out why people who have very similar religious beliefs have been killing each other over the minor differences between their faiths since time immemorial should read this article. Not only are there people play rock-paper-scissors competitively, but there are two federations that are embroiled in a feud over their respective visions of how RPS should be played, marketed, and officiated.

Incidentally, I once had a co-worker who told me about two alternate rock-paper-scissors throws, fire and peeing man. Fire beats all throws other than peeing man and peeing man is defeated by all throws other than fire. The catch is that a competitor can only throw fire one time in his life. I don't know if he made these up himself or there is some subculture of rock-paper-scissors players that observe these rules. I still find them highly dubious, but it's a funny story.


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