"Rock, Paper, Scissors" Goes Legal

06-10-06 - "Rock, paper, scissors" has settled many a playground dispute. Now it's being tried in a federal lawsuit.

Seems a judge in Tampa, Florida has had it with the lawyers in a case who can't agree on the littlest details of a suit. So displaying his own version of Solomon-like wisdom, the judge is ordering them to meet at a neutral location, where the children's hand-gesture game will be used to decide on a place to depose a witness.

And what if they can't agree on a neutral location? The judge says they'll have to play on the courthouse steps.

The "rock, paper, scissors" idea isn't exactly new. Two big auction houses used the game last year to decide who would sell off a multimillion-dollar art collection.