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How To Play Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock

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The game rock, paper, scissors is common across several cultures, but can use different characters. In Japan, there is a variation of the game with a tiger, a chief, and the chief's mother. In Indonesia, the game is played with symbols for an elephant, a man, and an ant. These three-option versions of the game have a one in three chance of ending in a tie. The five-option version rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock has a one in five chance of tying. There are five different three-option games within the five-option game, which was invented by Sam Kass and popularized on the television show "The Big Bang Theory."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. In Indonesia, "rock, paper, scissors" is played with gestures meaning "elephant, man, ant." 00:21

  2. In inexperienced "rock, paper scissors" players, women usually start with scissors and men usually start with rock. 00:34

  3. This is how rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock works: 01:27

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