And here's the third, re: Rock, Paper, Scissors:
There have been two unrelated RPS posts recently indicating that "rock" is the obvious starting hand in Rock Paper Scissors. Really? I always thought it was scissors.
Scissors suggest the most immediate potential for damage to me. Even though it's easy to conceive of a rock that could do way more damage because of its size.
This may be a trite observation, but paper isn't a very impressive option. I think people understand that a rock could probably win a fight against a paper.
But scissors uses the most distinct number of fingers. It's the thinking man's rock.
Yeah, but what if you don't think a lot. What if your only thought at the outset of the match is, "This motherfucker better not screw me on this. If he does, I'm going to be ready to punch him as soon as possible. With rock."
We can agree that whoever invented the game threw in paper at the last minute, as a joke.
Well, the joke's on rock.