Thursday, May 03, 2007

Got Your Rocks? Got Your Paper? Got Your Scissors? You’ve Got The Keys To World Peace!

Sorry folks, I had to throw a repost up today. I'm busy preparing my 300th post extravaganza for tomorrow. That reminds me, does anyone know how I can get a hold of Fred Willard, Bob Newhart, Charro, Leeza Gibbons, Rob Schneider, the overweight cop from CHIPS or Robert Goulet? I want #300 to be really memorable...

The AFP news service and Reuters reported that in Toronto this past weekend The World RPS Society held a rock, paper scissors tournament. The RPS Society held the event in the hopes that it will inspire people to use it more often to settle disagreements. The event has been held since 2002. The 500 players were RPS’ing for the world championship and the 10,000 Canadian dollars that went with it.

Almost every child the world over knows how to play RPS, whether it’s being played as a game or to determine who gets the upper bunk. Heck, Reuters reminds us that James Bond even played it in “You Only Live Twice.” If James Bond can play RPS, well enough said. I’ve played it a few times but not to settle a difference I had with someone. To do that, I just use money, usually fives or tens. I think if every child were taught to use RPS as a form of conflict resolution, the world would be a better place. Besides, you don’t always have a quarter or other coinage around when the really tough decisions need to be made. There is a pending bill that would use RPS to break stalemates in congress and my employer has listed it as an alternative to conflict resolution.

It’s not widely known, but RPS has been used on the national and international stage more frequently that previously thought. Although Castro is ailing and won’t admit it, (that reminds me, I’ve got to finish my Disneyland Cuba post) the Cuban Missile Crisis was determined by the American and Soviet ambassadors playing a best of seven RPS game. Although both Kennedy and Khrushchev took the secret to their grave, it’s now known that America needed the seventh and final game for the win. Ditto with the falling of the Berlin Wall, although most scholars believe Gorbachev threw the match because he wanted the wall down anyway. Back in 2000, the Republicans made an offer to the Democrats to settle the election by RPS but by the time they made the offer, America was already caught up in the differences between a hanging chad and a dimpled chad. My friend dated a dimpled Chad once, but that’s pretty inconsequential. Our Founding Fathers used an older version of RPS – rocks, paper, shears – to determine whether to call our nation The United States of America or These Colonies Rock. It should be no surprise that Ben Franklin was the one who nominated These Colonies Rock. Something else historians won’t tell you is that if it had not been for a badly played ‘paper,’ Wilbur Hempshaw would have been the first man on the moon instead of Neil Armstrong.

I’m still not completely up on the rules of RPS, but I think rock beats everything. Doesn’t it? Although in the real world, you could do a lot more damage and get a lot more credibility waving a pair of scissors around than you would with a rock. If you’re the dude holding up a piece of paper in the real world, it had better say ‘I am holding a small poorly constructed nuclear device,’ because no one is going to give the guy waving a piece of paper around much of a chance.

RPS is a great idea for folks to use in resolving simple conflicts, but as we progress further into the 21st century, maybe it’s time we update RPS. The rock should be replaced by a Lucite sphere paperweight, the paper should be replaced by a Palm Pilot and the scissors should be replaced by a Ginsu knife; after all they can cut through anything. This will help future generations better understand the dimensions of the game. Don’t worry; we’ll still call it RPS instead of LPG.

As for the winner of the RPS tournament, I’m really not sure. Last I heard, it was going smoothly until about round seven. Apparently, there was a pretty big disagreement about paper vs. rock and the timing of when the paper signal was presented. When the ref tried to settle the disagreement by using RPS himself, one of the competitors became enraged, took to fisticuffs and in an odd twist of fate, the tournament ended in a brawl. Ok, yeah, I made that up...


Patti said...

We didn't play that when I was little but I found out about RPS from my own kids who learned it in elementary school.
Anything that will move us toward world peace is fine with me.

P.S. Don't forget about those wondrous pregnant chads.

P.P.S. Why aren't you including Lionel Richie in your 300th post extravaganza? He deserves a mention, right up there with Bob Newhart and Robert Goulet.

kat said...

Oh my god this post was completely and entirely ridiculously insane.

I've never played RPS myself but I like the catchiness of saying it by initial only.

Michael C said...

Patti: Yes, Lionel should be a part of my 300th extravaganza!! Thanks for the reminder. How could I have forgotten The Richie??

Kat: Somethings just can't be made up...but then again, some things can ;-)

Odat said...

wow....300?????????? I'm gonna have a ticker tape parade for ya...thanks for the heads up...I'll have time to get it together...wtg

captain corky said...

I don't really know how to get in touch with officer Schlep, and the others I want absolutely nothing to do with! Looking forward to your 300th post.

Michael C said...

Odat: Now I wish I had a clue about what to write tomorrow ;-)

Captain: Was his name officer Schlep? Did they also call him Grossman? I seem to remember that for some reason too.

Patti said...

Michael, Today you can write about this week's lunch with your close-knit group of co-workers..

Just a suggestion. ;~)

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Last time I played, I was pretty well drunk and somehow me and the person I was playing with kept throwing out the same exact things...think it went on for seven rounds or so.

Parlancheq said...

Too bad no one thought to settle the Gore-Bush Florida vote count with RPS.