Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The M&M game

It has been said that, "Life is like a box of chocolates—you never know what you're going to get." (Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump, 1994.) In this experiment you can test the "Forrest Gump Chaos Theory" by using M&M's, which are much cheaper than a box of chocolates. What if life is more like a bag of M&M's?

We start with two bags of M&Ms, one with 19 and one with 20.
In her turn, a player has to eat all the M&Ms in one of the bags, and then split the M&M from the other bag between the two, leaving at least one on each bag, and not necessarily evenly. The she gives the two bags to the other player. The player who receives two bags with one M&M each loses as he can no longer move.

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