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Friday, April 29, 2005

Creative uses for Rock, Paper, Scissors

Dan Drezner has an interesting (and shocking) post regarding this NYT article:

Takashi Hashiyama, president of Maspro Denkoh Corporation, an electronics
company based outside of Nagoya, Japan, could not decide whether Christie's or
Sotheby's should sell the company's art collection, which is worth more than $20
million, at next week's auctions in New York.

He did not split the
collection - which includes an important Cezanne landscape, an early Picasso
street scene and a rare van Gogh view from the artist's Paris apartment -
between the two houses, as sometimes happens. Nor did he decide to abandon the
auction process and sell the paintings through a private dealer.

Instead, he resorted to an ancient method of decision-making that has
been time-tested on playgrounds around the world: rock breaks scissors, scissors
cuts paper, paper smothers rock....

Read the whole thing.


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