[FoRK] Dreidel loading?
Tue Dec 27 17:45:59 PST 2005
OK -- we played dreidel (a four-sided top labeled with 4 Hebrew
letters) and one of the dreidels had an interesting bias: when spun
clockwise, it came up with Nun and Shin, but when spun
counter-clockwise, it almost always came up with Gimel.
We discovered this when our left-handed boy ended up winning
everything in short order.
So, is there any explanation of this behavior? I can imagine loading
a dreidel by weighting one face, but I don't understand why spin
direction mattered so much.
[I tried the loaded dreidel both ways, and its behavior was
consistently biased for dozens of spins. Which hand I used and the
spot where it was spun didn't seem to matter.]
Absolute power corrupts absolutely, but model train sets do a pretty
good job as well
-- 2/28/05, in a odd dream
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