Steve Taylor? Sears? Can't remember, oh well another addition of Colon's fun fact of the day (cffotd).
A game of luck... or skill?
Rock-paper-scissors, or Rochambeau, is a two-person hand game.
The game is often used as a selection method in a similar way to coin flipping, drawing straws, or throwing dice to randomly select a person for some purpose.
However, unlike truly random selections, it can be played with skill, if the game extends over many sessions, as a player can often recognize and exploit the non-random behavior of an opponent.
The players both count aloud to three, or speak the name of the game (e.g. "Rock! Paper! Scissors!" or "Ro! Cham! Beau!"), each time raising one hand in a fist and swinging it down on the count. On the third count (saying "scissors!" or "Beau!" ), the players change their hands into one of three gestures, which they then "throw" by extending it towards their opponent. A variation on this version involves a fourth countó"SHOOT"óbefore players throw their gesture, or shake their hands two times before throwing.
Rock / Ro:
Paper / Cham:
Scissors / Beau:
Rock paper scissors was invented in Japan in the late 19th century and acquired popularity worldwide throughout the 20th century.
The rule "Saisho wa gū!" ("Starting with the stone!") is so popular, that sometimes players use this to taunt one another. For example, instead, a player will say "saisho wa pā!" ("Starting with the paper!") Since "saisho wa gū" is expected, the player who is caught off guard will be made a fool of, since pā (paper) wins over gū (rock). But this only works if the players don't know each other, and both are assumed to want to play fair. If a player is a known trickster who likes to start off games by taunting, his opponent might, for example say "Saisho wa choki!" ("Starting with the scissors!"), and the opponent who thought he was being smart by starting off with pā will be shown up. These taunts are always in play, however, and they are never taken to mean serious games.
A few of the hundred variants
* A variation found in Indonesia is composed of an earwig, a human, and an elephant. The earwig is able to climb into the elephant's ear and drive it insane, while the human crushes the earwig and the elephant crushes the human.
* In Brazil children often add a vast variety of additional "weapons" which are used to beat more than one sign. The most common ones are the "flame" (thumb up, beats paper and scissors) and rain (fingers down, beats flame, paper and scissors). There are sometimes others, often made up on the spot.
The game in nature
The common side-blotched lizard exhibits a rock-paper-scissors pattern in its mating strategies. Of its three color types of males, "orange beats blue, blue beats yellow, and yellow beats orange" in competition for females, which is similar to the rules of rock-paper-scissors.
The game in Federal court
In 2006, Federal Judge Gregory Presnell from the Middle District of Florida ordered opposing sides in a lengthy court case to settle a trivial (but lengthily debated) point over the appropriate place for a deposition using the game of rock-paper-scissors.
The public release of this judicial order, widely circulated among area lawyers, was intended to shame the respective law firms regarding their litigation conduct by settling the dispute in a farcical manner.
USA Rock Paper Scissors League is a US-based rock-paper-scissors league. It is sponsored by Bud Light. Matti Leshem is the commissioner of the USARPS.
The $50,000 2007 USARPS Tournament took place at the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay in May 2007.
In 2008, Sean Sears beat out 300 other contestants and walked out of the Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino with $50,000.