All About The Game And How You Play It

Back in 1998, Sam Kass came up with a new version of Rock Paper Scissors with some friends. Theorising that friends will usually get a draw in the regular game, the new version added Lizard and Spock to the mix for more varied outcomes between people who know each other. All you Big Bang Theory watchers (and if you don’t watch it then why not?) have probably seen the game featured on there by now as one of Sheldon’s theories. It’s a good episode but has unfortunately caused people to start accusing the original creator of the game of stealing the idea from Big Bang Theory.

This is a reimagined version of that game created specifically for me and my geeky ilk.


42 thoughts on “All About The Game And How You Play It

  1. What I am trying to point out is that the five way version of, "Ching Chong Cha" is reminiscent of the five elements of nature that is referenced in Feng Shui and Chinese alchemy. :sherlock:.Since three is generally considered to be an inauspicious number whilst five is an auspicious number in Chinese culture, I can't help but wonder if the game was originally a five way game in China. :left:It may possibly have been modified by europeans when first introduced into europe since, with the exception of the number three, odd numbers were traditionally associated with evil an misfortune by medieval christians. (three was associated with the Holy Trinity and thus became one of the few 'good' odd numbers, together with seven.The numbers five, nine and thirteen were, however, considered to be the most evil and unlucky numbers available :rolleyes:)

  2. Not sure about China, but in Indonesia they do 'elephant, man, ant' instead. Although the hand symbols aren't too obvious apart from the elephant.

  3. Or painting their toenails different colours so they can hide in a bowl of M&M's. :left: Beetlejuice,Beetlejuice,Beetlejuice! :yikes: *runs*

  4. If it's a celestial body, it is. If it's a Tim Burton movie, it isn't. Saw that in the cinema a month or so back. Still works! :happy:

  5. I wasn't sure I could spell Betelgeuse, didn't want to look it up, and why would I call on a star, when I'm looking for a …poltergeist? :p

  6. *watches Dennis get hit by the chair anyway as it bounces off the wall of his padded cell and gets him on the rebound* :p

  7. Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.

  8. :lol:Actually, the 'live long and prosper' hand sign Spock uses was kind of appropriated by Leonard Nimoy from a Jewish ceremony:

    In the mid-1960s, actor Leonard Nimoy, who was raised in a traditional Jewish home, used a single-handed version of this gesture to create the Vulcan Hand Salute for his character, Spock, on Star Trek. He has explained that while attending Orthodox services as a child, he peeked from under his father's tallit and saw the gesture; many years later, when introducing the character of Mr. Spock, he and series creator Gene Roddenberry thought a physical component should accompany the verbal "Live long and prosper" greeting. The Jewish priestly gesture looked sufficiently alien and mysterious, and thus was television & science fiction history made.

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