If it weren't true, we wouldn't report it. On October 25, at 2 in the morning, the Fourth Annual Rock Paper Scissors World Championships came down to two men: Toronto lawyer Andrew Bergel and American Stan Long, a student from California. In the end, the 29-year-old Canuck took it from the Yank after throwing a flat-handed "paper" against his opponent who--BW surmises--threw a rock.
We're not sure which part of this news clip is the most interesting: that a world championship competition even exists for rochambeau; that 495 people flocked to Toronto from all parts of Canada and 27 U.S. states, and such faraway lands as Norway, Northern Ireland, the Cayman Islands, Australia, New Zealand and the UK; that Bergel won $7,000 (Canadian) in prize money (Long took home $1,500 Canadian and third place New Yorker Stewart Waldman took home $500 Canadian); or that there is a Street Rock Paper Scissors division, which is described as "a controversial form of unregulated play" whose winner, Norwegian Simen Wang, walked away $1,000 (Canadian) richer.
Bergel's strategy? "[I] read the minds of my competitors and figured out what they were thinking. I don't believe in planning your throws before you meet your opponent."
Not only is Rock Paper Scissors a sport with a governing body, the World RPS Society, world RPS leaders are busying themselves to "set the strategic direction of tournaments, conferences, symposiums and retreats across the globe." Who woulda thunk? Check it out at www.worldrps.com.