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# Ha, I Win

Trying to determine who should kick off first, my smart-aleck friend says, "Let's flip for it. Heads I win, tails you lose."

I say, "Sure," pulling out a coin and tossing it in the air. The coin lands. My buddy laughs and concedes the kick off to me.

How did I get him to let me kick off first?

I didn't have a fake or trick coin.

I say, "Sure," pulling out a coin and tossing it in the air. The coin lands. My buddy laughs and concedes the kick off to me.

How did I get him to let me kick off first?

I didn't have a fake or trick coin.

### Answer

I simply used a coin that has neither heads nor tails (some currencies do not have a distinguishable "head" and "tail"). Therefore, no matter which he called, I could say he lost.Hide Answer Show Answer

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Mar 30, 2003

wouldnt the guy who flipped the coin win anyways cuz if he gets heads then he wins, but if he gets tails then the other person "loses"

Mar 30, 2003

pretty good teaser tho. gj

But there are no heads or tails to it, that's why it works

moosdfsd is correct. the flipper will always win in this case, regardless of what is on the coin. if you use a "regular" coin, he'll always win (just stop and think about it for a minute). if you use a "different" coin, as suggested by the answer, he'll always win. Although, i think moosdfsd's answer is probably the more "clever" one (one which i haven't been able to use since grade school, cuz everyone knows the trick!)

READ THE TEASER AGAIN MY FRIEND SAID HEAD "HE" WINS AND IF TAILS "I" WOULD LOOSE.THUS HE WOULD WIN REGARDLES OF WHO FLIPPED THE COIN: NOT ME.SO I COULD NEVER WIN WITH A REGULAR COIN.

Mar 31, 2003

thanx bluetwo .....lol

This is so unbelieveably old...

I think pink!!!

I think we should all think pink!!!

that teaser confused me at first and then I read the comments, duh 2 me!

PS you thinkin pink!

the answer itself states that he used a coin that did not have a head or tails, so how does he win if he called heads, when heads didn't turn up.

a better answer would have been, "because i said "heads i win, tails you loose" rather than "heads i win, tails you win""

May 16, 2003

right........wierd....

if heads i win and tails you lose? notice that you would lose either way.

how can you win with a coin that has neither heads nor tails, since the possibility that neither would come up was not discussed?

it'd be like saying "heads i win, tails i lose" and then having the coin land on its side - you'd have to flip again to get a result

if the guy had said "if it comes up heads i win, if not i lose" and nothing more was said, then your coin would work, because if it didn't come up heads, then the person loses, but otherwise it doesn't work.

it'd be like saying "heads i win, tails i lose" and then having the coin land on its side - you'd have to flip again to get a result

if the guy had said "if it comes up heads i win, if not i lose" and nothing more was said, then your coin would work, because if it didn't come up heads, then the person loses, but otherwise it doesn't work.

In gaming society obverse on any coin is consider 'heads' and reverse consider 'tails'.

In the game there are two guys: guy A (flips the coin) and guy B (opponent). Guy B says "heads I win tails you lose," meaning that if they flipped heads OR tails he will still win. Guy A agrees and pulls out a coin to flip, the coin is of a different currency, though, and some currencies do not have a head on their coin or a "tail" on there coin and this was one of those coins, so when guy A flipped the coin it was not heads nor was it tails, and since guy B would only win if it was heads or tails he lost. Hope that explanation helped a little .

yea the Heads i win Tails you lose made it seem like he would win anyway

I guessed that the coin landed standing up. Therefore niether on its sides

OldChinaHand is correct. It does not matter what images appear on the coin, all coins have a head and a tail.

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