Saturday, February 9, 2008

The secret to winning at rock, paper, scissors

From The Telegraph:

Scientists believe they have worked out the secret to winning at paper, scissors, stone.
While most people are aware that stone blunts scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers stone, there is a psychological element to the game which many players may have missed.

According to New Scientist magazine, the way to win is to start with scissors.

Research shows that stone, also called rock, is the most popular of the three possible moves in the game.

That means that your opponent is likely to choose paper, because they will expect to you to start the game with stone.

By going with scissors, you achieve an early victory.The scissors strategy has proven very successful in the past - in 2005 it secured auction house Christie's a £10 million deal....MORE