BACK TALK

Being Julia, being Bening, being the mother of Beatty’s babies

BRIAN D. JOHNSON October 11 2004
BACK TALK

Being Julia, being Bening, being the mother of Beatty’s babies

BRIAN D. JOHNSON October 11 2004

Games

Where God can't help you

Were you considered a rock-paper-scissors playground legend back in the day? Still got fists of fury? For those who think the game is more than just child’s play or a way to decide who gets the passenger seat, check out the third annual Rock Paper Scissors World Championship in Toronto (Oct. 16).

COMPETITORS: 750 (mostly Canadian, but one from as far away as Darwin, Australia). Average age is 28.

PRIZE: Total purse-$10,000 ($7,000 goes to the winner).

RULES No contact. Sharp jewellery and watches are discouraged. And Rock, Paper and Scissors are the only acceptable throws. Use of Dynamite, Fire, Lightning, Bomb, God or other non-sanctioned throws will result in disqualification. “God-one of the lesser known throws-is achieved by holding your hand above your head in a praise the Lord gesture,” says Torontonian Douglas Walker, who organizes the tournament and co-authored The

Official Rock Paper Scissors Strategy Guide (in stores this month) with his brother Graham. “The most tenacious illegal throw is Dynamite-the thumbsup gesture. You can go ahead and play it in your own game, but not in the world championships.”

CLASSIC MISTAKE: Showing too early. “Show scissors at your shoulder,” says Walker, “and you give an opponent a lot of time to react.”

Intimidation. “Last year’s champ shouted out ‘Ro, sham, bo, boom’ with each throw,” says Walker. “When someone shouts at you in the middle of a match under the hot lights it can have an effect.”

JOHN INTINI

„ RETAILER NEÍMAN MARCUS’S 2004 Christmas Book includes bejewelled Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head dolls for US$16,000.