Let me preface this by saying, both co-worker and I are color sorters. That is to say, we have a method for eating candies which come in a variety of colors in one package such as M&M’s, Skittles, Smarties, etc.
I received the following query from a co-worker this afternoon:
“I’ve dealt with two but this time it’s not two, but three skittles are stuck together, one yellow and two red. Do I pry them all apart? Since the red outnumber the yellow do they go in the red pile? Do they go in the orange pile? Do I ponder this for a few minutes and ignore my ever growing to-do list?”
My reply to her…
“Step 1) Evaluate the consequences of eating them all at once.
Step 2) If results of step 1 are inconclusive, or unbearable, pry them apart.
Step3) If they cannot be separated, and you refuse to eat them all at once, place them in the red pile since two outnumbers one.
Step 4) If at this point you still are trying to avoid your to-do list, play a round of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock* to determine if you or the Skittle cluster wins.*The rules of Rock-Paper-Scissors-Lizard-Spock are:
Paper covers rock.
Rock crushes lizard.
Lizard poisons Spock.
Spock smashes scissors.
Scissors decapitates lizard.
Lizard eats paper.
Paper disproves Spock.
Spock vaporizes rock.
Rock crushes scissors.” Scissors cuts paper.