Can you grok this? It’s an improvement on the time-honored original, and it really works. Ties are reduced from 1/3 to 1/5, an improvement of 36%.

Teach your children. Take their childhood up a notch.

Try it yourself and see. It really is a better way. You might have to refer to the pictures for the first 10 or so tries, but you’ll pick it up real quick.

Enjoy the nerd moment. Just don’t take things to the extreme.

Invented by Sam Kass and Karen Bryla, coming to BMEWS via Wiki and TV’s The Big Bang Theory.

Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock


Rock breaks Scissors
Scissors cut Paper
Paper covers Rock

Yes, you already knew that. Now add in

Spock blasts Rock (pocket phaser of course)
Spock blasts Scissors (Vulcans and their itchy trigger fingers again)
Paper disproves Spock (a superior logical treatise shows him to be illogical, OMG)
Lizard poisons Spock (dammit Spock, I’m a blogger not a doctor!)
Lizard eats Paper
Scissors cut Lizard (calling Janet Napolitano!)
Rock smashes Lizard (somebody contact the ASPCA, quick!)

Each gesture is equally neutral; each one beats two others, but loses to two others.

One way to remember the rules is to remember the standard “rock-paper-scissors” ordering, where each gesture defeats the one before it, and is defeated by the one after. But then add the two novel gestures near the word they approximately rhyme with:
In this expanded list, each gesture is defeated by the following two options, and defeats the preceding two.

Posted by Drew458    United States   on 02/16/2013 at 05:06 PM   
  1. So February is “no washing windows month” and you have nothing better to do then?

    Posted by Rich K    United States   02/16/2013  at  10:10 PM  
  2. Damn! Rich beat me to it!

    You know that not everybody can even do the Live Long and Prosper sign?

    Posted by Christopher    United States   02/17/2013  at  01:03 AM  
  3. So Wiki tells me. I read that to my wife, a long time Trekkie, and she flipped me the old LL&P with both hands. Maybe it just takes practice.

    Nope, no windows in February other than my windshield. Too darn cold.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   02/17/2013  at  05:53 AM  
  4. Sad to say, my spouse is one that has a hard time performing live long and prosper. Still trying to teach her about the stargate.

    Posted by jackal40    United States   02/17/2013  at  02:10 PM  
  5. When you get that far, try for scrith, Pak Protectors, and the travel directions for the Integral Trees. Damn that Niven, best SciFi ever written.

    I propose a handi-Spock LL&P - thumb out, pinky out, middle 3 fingers together. It’s close, it may be easier for some to do, and it won’t be confused with Scissors. Or even a “starsign” fully splayed hand. Good enough.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   02/18/2013  at  03:28 AM  
  6. I wonder where the Klingons, Romulans, and Cardassians would fit into this scheme....

    Posted by Macker    United States   02/18/2013  at  10:27 AM  
  7. The Cardassians are on Channel 4, Kim and her mom and her sisters and all their schemes.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   02/18/2013  at  10:19 PM  
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