One time Erik and Sera and I were waiting for dinner at a restaurant and I decided that we should play the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern game. So I pulled out a quarter and explained the rules.
"The person who gets the most heads in a row wins, but that's going to be me because I'm going to win. Sorry about that."
Obviously, there was an intense level of interest expressed by all as I flipped the quarter.
"Heads," I said, stating the obvious. That is also part of the rules: you have to say, "Heads," when you get a heads.
Sera and Erik exchanged subtle glances of wonderment and anxiety.
I flipped the quarter in the air and looked at the result.
Confidently, I gave the quarter to Sera. She would only have to get two heads in a row to beat me and thus derail my whole me-winning prophecy, but I wasn't concerned.
And what do you know? She got a tails.
Then Erik got a tails on his first flip and I won, just like I told them I was going to do.
They looked awfully baffled at how I knew I was going to win.
"Want to know how to do that?" I asked.
"Sure," Erik said.
"You become God."
And it works, too. Trust me, if you become God, you will find it very easy to rig a coin-flipping game.
Later that day, I also decided to win a game of bowling.