May 31, 2003

ALL YOU NEED IS FIVE FINGERS, A FOE, AND A FROSTY BEVERAGE

School Holds Rock-Paper-Scissors Contest (The Associated Press, May 29, 2003)
Thomas Shaffer, who organized a rock-paper-scissors tournament at his high school, says the game is based on patterns, so the odds of winning increase when a player better observes his opponent.

"At first I was one of the believers that it is a game of luck," Shaffer said. "I'll let you in on a little secret: Most people open with scissors. Novice players rarely throw the same thing twice in a row."

Shaffer recruited 75 classmates at Elizabethtown Area High School to compete, got the school to let him hold the contest in the gym and even convinced a sponsor to donate money for trophies. A dairy donated chocolate milk.

Shaffer managed to back up his bluster about the game's intricacies, making the final round by winning 19 matches in a row.

Though inexplicably underappreciated, Rock-Scissors-Paper is the perfect drinking game. It has two great advantages over all others: (1) you always have the required equipment with you; (2) because it's non-verbal it can be played at the loudest party or tavern.

DISCLAIMER: This is for information purposes only and should in no way be taken as a Brothers Judd recommendation that you try such a thing. Alcohol is dangerous when consumed in large amounts and is nothing to be toyed with. In addition, if you drink too much in college and law school, the Red Cross may refuse to accept blood donations because of elevated liver enzymes. Or so we hear... Posted by Orrin Judd at May 31, 2003 4:09 PM
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