germs contaminate gun, everything

I was just thinking about Jared Diamond’s book, “Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies,” and it occurred to me that we might be able to create a new game like Rock, Paper, Scissors using Guns, Germs, and Steel. I’ve got the hand movements all worked out, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten… And, to be honest, the signs for Steel and Germs actually need a little work. Right now, they look exactly the same, only the fingers wiggle around a bit for Germs. So it might make judging difficult. The bigger problem, however, is that guns are pretty useless against both germs and steel, whereas germs defeat everything. Or at least that’s my OCD-influenced view of things… Still, I like the name.

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  1. ol' e cross
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Although guns can dispose of many of the hosts germs need to survive, and guns are made of steel, germs can continue to exist on other hosts whereas germs can dispose of everything that creates both guns and steel, so I have to agree, germs win.

    I’ve always been less clear on scissors/paper/rock. Where the debilitating violence of smashing scissors or shredding paper is fairly self-evident, the ability of paper to conquer rock escapes me. Sure, it can obscure it for a time, but eventually the paper will blow away or decompose, leaving rock. Nevermind that most times when paper comes in contact with rock, the rock effectively utilized to deprive the paper of liberty by affixing it to a desk.

    I’m open to other points of view…

  2. Posted January 14, 2009 at 12:54 am | Permalink

    I think it was Demetri Martin who invented scissors, rock dynamite.

    The obvious variable is scissors cut dynamite (fuse)

  3. Posted January 14, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Permalink

    I’d like the game to be lawyers, guns, and money.

  4. Luke Bison
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    I’d like the game to be cock, balls and ass.

  5. john on forest
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    Man, mosquito, malaria. Man beats mosquito (swatting it). Mosquito beats malaria (carrying it but not becoming sick from it). Malaria beats man (causing disease).

    I don’t have any hand movements for malaria yet.

  6. mark
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    So many good ideas….

    How about Mosquito, Balls, Gun? Would that work?

  7. ol' e cross
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    Clearly, balls beats gun.

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