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“A combination of Halloween [and] Mardi Gras — really, a Star Trek convention with binge drinking”*…

 

…While the game dates back to B.C. times and clubs of serious Rock Paper Scissors (RPS) players have existed quietly for decades, a tournament in 2002 launched RPS on its path to being a sport that could compete with Darts, Poker, and Scrabble for ESPN airtime.  

In 2002, two brothers, Douglas and Graham Walker, rented a bar and held the first Rock Paper Scissors “world championship” in Toronto. Douglas says they “would have been happy if 25 [or] 30 of [their] friends came to drink beer and play for a big prize.” To their surprise, hundreds of people showed up. The next year, major media outlets like CNN covered the tournament. In 2006, Bud Light sponsored a tournament and offered a $50,000 cash prize

More at “Inside the World of Professional Rock Paper Scissors.”

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.

  • Sheldon, “The Lizard-Spock Expansion” (Season 2, Episode 8), The Big Band Theory

* description of the Toronto professional Rock Paper Scissors tournament

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As we prepare to throw down, we might recall that it was on this date in 1908 that “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” was copyrighted by Albert Von Tilzer‘s York Music Company.  Vaudevillian Jack Norworth (who wrote over 2,500 songs during his career, including “Shine On, Harvest Moon”) had scribbled the lyrics on scraps of paper during a subway ride; Von Tilzer added the music.  Neither man had ever attended a baseball game.  Nonetheless, their tune (with lyrics revised by Norworth in 1927) has become the unofficial anthem of North American baseball, traditionally sung during the the seventh inning stretch.

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So, who’s going to take out the garbage?…

 

Decide the question– indeed, any of many questions– with Extreme Rock-Paper-Scissors:

via Top Cultured

For another alternative, see “Beyond Rochambeau.”

 

As we cast our fates, we might recall that Jacobean dramatist John Fletcher– a largely collaborative writer who worked with many, most notably with Beaumont (e.g., Philaster) and Shakespeare (e.g., Henry VIII, Two Noble Kinsmen), whose fame at the time rivalled Shakespeare’s, and who replaced the Bard after his retirement as house playwright of The Kings Men– was baptized on this date in 1579.  Clearly, it didn’t take…

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Written by LW

December 20, 2011 at 1:01 am

Beyond Rochambeau…

There are times when Rock-Paper-Scissors just doesn’t have the…  well, gravity that one feels is appropriate to the question being decided.  Happily, author and blogger Mark Rayner has ridden to the rescue with an altogether apt alternative:  Monkey-Pirate-Robot-Ninja-Zombie

Mark explains:

Each thing can beat two other things, and is, in turn beaten by two other things.

The players both count to five (three), though it is obviously better to repeat the name of the game (Monkey! Robot! Pirate! Ninja! Zombie!). Each time you raise your fist and swing it down. On the fifth (third) count, you form your hand into one of the five gestures. (It is recommended that in addition to the hand gesture, you also add an aural component to this — see below for suggested noises.)

So, what beats what, and what are the gestures? What?

* Monkey fools Ninja
* Monkey unplugs Robot
Suggested noise: ee-ee-eek!

* Robot chokes Ninja
* Robot crushes Zombie
Suggested noise: ex-ter-min-ate!

* Pirate drowns Robot
* Pirate skewers Monkey
Suggested noise: arrrrr!

* Ninja karate chops Pirate
* Ninja decapitates Zombie
Suggested noise: keeee-ah!

* Zombie eats Pirate
* Zombie savages Monkey
Suggested noise: braaaaaaaaaainsss!

See the hand gestures illustrated here.

As we approach big decisions with a deeper sense of propriety, we might recall with horror that it was on this date in 1613 that The Globe Theatre, which had been built in 1599 by Shakespeare’s company, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, was destroyed by fire.  Shakespeare had retired to Stratford in 1611.

A second Globe was built on the same site; it opened in June, 1614, and closed in 1642.

Before the fire…

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