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

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

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."


Key Facts In This Video

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    In Indonesia, "rock, paper, scissors" is played with gestures meaning "elephant, man, ant." (0:21)

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    In inexperienced "rock, paper scissors" players, women usually start with scissors and men usually start with rock. (0:34)

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    This is how rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock works: (1:27)

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