There was an article in today's Dallas Morning News about a federal judge in Tampa, Florida who decided to use a time-honored, yet somewhat antiquated method of solving a dispute. Apparently, the two opposing attorneys before him could not settle on the location of a witness deposition, so he forced their hand -- literally. He ordered them to settle this dispute by engaging in a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Now like I said, this was only to settle the LOCATION of the proceedings, not to settle any sort of guilty/not guilty conclusion. But can you imagine if it was?
Mr. Foreman of the Jury, have you reached a decision?
Yes, Your Honor, we have. In the issue of Snodgrass vs. Dewey, Paper covered Rock, and so we find the defendant GUILTY of five counts of murder...
This might be something interesting to try in the classroom next year though. Maybe I can convince the kids that, instead of running to me to tattle on their classmates, they can peacefully settle their disputes with an invigorating round of this classic battle of wits.