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23rd Jul '16 4:30:06 PM nombretomado
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* In a [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]] story by CarlBarks, "Flip Decision", Donald is conned by a charlatan into believing in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipism Flipism]]: the idea that all of life's choices can be made on the flip of a coin. Hilarity Ensues, of course, though the coin does show uncanny predictive power.

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* In a [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]] story by CarlBarks, Creator/CarlBarks, "Flip Decision", Donald is conned by a charlatan into believing in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flipism Flipism]]: the idea that all of life's choices can be made on the flip of a coin. Hilarity Ensues, of course, though the coin does show uncanny predictive power.
27th Jun '16 9:31:59 AM res20stupid
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* One of the first parts of the [[SadisticChoice Decision]] [[DeadlyGame Game]] of ''VisualNovel/ZeroTimeDilemma'' is Zero challenging Carlos to Heads or Tails with a multi-colored coin. If Carlos gets it right then he and Zero's other captives will be let go while losing causes them to play the full Decision Game [[ApocalypseWow with humanity's lives on the line]]. [[spoiler: Carlos can actually win and Zero honors his side of the agreement.]]
22nd Apr '16 7:30:28 AM JackG
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* At the start of ''Film/LastManStanding'', John Smith chooses to [[AtTheCrossroads take the road]] to [[WretchedHive Jericho]] by spinning a flask of whiskey, then going in the direction it points. As a result, a lot of people get killed.

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* At the start of ''Film/LastManStanding'', John Smith chooses to [[AtTheCrossroads take the road]] to [[WretchedHive Jericho]] by spinning a flask of whiskey, then going in the direction it points. As a result, a lot of people get killed.



* From The ''Literature/StainlessSteelRat'':
---> I flipped a coin to decide, and of course won since I had palmed the coin before the toss. It was going to be action.

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* From The ''Literature/StainlessSteelRat'':
---> I
''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'':
--->I
flipped a coin to decide, and of course won since I had palmed the coin before the toss. It was going to be action.
22nd Apr '16 7:27:39 AM JackG
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* At the start of ''Film/LastManStanding'', John Smith chooses to [[AtTheCrossroads take the road]] to [[WretchedHive Jericho]] by spinning a flask of whiskey, then going in the direction it points. As a result, a lot of people get killed.
6th Mar '16 12:22:32 PM Eievie
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Alice needs to decide between buying a strawberry cake or an apple cake, but she really can't make up her mind. So, she tries to decide by...flipping a coin. Heads, strawberry. Tails, apple.

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Alice needs to decide between buying a strawberry cake or an apple cake, but she really can't make up her mind. So, she tries to decide by... flipping a coin. Heads, strawberry. Tails, apple.



* In a ComicBook/RichieRich story, the same coin ends up deciding whether Mr. Rich should invest a billion dollars in a new company, and whether a hobo or tramp ("I can't decide...let's toss a coin!") should buy a soda or a candy bar. (The actual tosses' results are unknown, but they each read the result of it flying out from under the moped seat and into the window of the mansion.)

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* In a ComicBook/RichieRich story, the same coin ends up deciding whether Mr. Rich should invest a billion dollars in a new company, and whether a hobo or tramp ("I can't decide... let's toss a coin!") should buy a soda or a candy bar. (The actual tosses' results are unknown, but they each read the result of it flying out from under the moped seat and into the window of the mansion.)



* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Shan and Thorvald are trapped in mists, with no sense of direction. They have an artifact rather like a bone coin, which has shown strange powers before, and decide to flip it as they have really no other alternative -- heads this way, tails that way.\\

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Storm over Literature/{{Warlock}}'', Shan and Thorvald are trapped in mists, with no sense of direction. They have an artifact rather like a bone coin, which has shown strange powers before, and decide to flip it as they have really no other alternative -- heads alternative--heads this way, tails that way.\\




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*Invoked very dramatically by Tommy in ''Series/PeakyBlinders''.
-->''Before the war, when I had an important decision to make, I used to flip a coin. Perhaps that is what I will do again.''



---> '''Setzer:''' ''(after the flip)'' Interesting coin, this... It has two heads. ...How low can you stoop? ''I love it!''

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---> '''Setzer:''' ''(after the flip)'' Interesting coin, this... It it has two heads. ...How heads... how low can you stoop? ''I love it!''



** That's because -- more often than not -- [[YouCantFightFate the result doesn't make a difference.]]

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** That's because -- more because--more often than not -- [[YouCantFightFate not--[[YouCantFightFate the result doesn't make a difference.]]



* The ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E13UnluckyKnuckles Unlucky Knuckles]]" begins with Sonic and Knuckles playing Gopher Ball. To decide who goes first, Sonic flips a coin and Knuckles calls, "Tails!"... [[SubvertedTrope to flip the coin]], since he doesn't trust Sonic to be fair.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E13UnluckyKnuckles Unlucky Knuckles]]" begins with Sonic and Knuckles playing Gopher Ball. To decide who goes first, Sonic flips a coin and Knuckles calls, "Tails!"... [[SubvertedTrope "Tails!" [[SubvertedTrope ...to flip the coin]], since he doesn't trust Sonic to be fair.
24th Jan '16 2:23:34 PM TherizinosaurusGlitter
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote a short story called "The Machine that Won the War", where politicians and scientists gather around MULTIVAC, the computer used to calculate their army's strategy, and celebrate their victory. Then Henderson, the programmer who took in the raw data from the field and fed it into MULTIVAC, explains that he knew how unreliable that data was (People covering their mistakes, telling their supervisors what they wanted to hear, making their own guesses about other work, etc.) and so he began adjusting and manipulating the data according to his own theories. Then Jablonksy, who was Chief Interpreter of MULTIVAC's output, revealed that the machine itself was not reliable anymore due to inadequate parts and operators, so it did not matter what kind of data was fed into it and he changed the final output himself based on his ''own'' theories. Then Lamar Swift, Executive Director of the Solar Federation, the man who had to actually make the decisions in the war, reveals that he never trusted MULTIVAC's final output at all. Not completely, not when there were lives on the line. At the end of the story he reveals the method he used ever time he had a particularly hard decision to make. [[spoiler:"Heads or tails, gentlemen?"]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote a short story called "The Machine that Won the War", where politicians and scientists gather around MULTIVAC, the computer used to calculate their army's strategy, and celebrate their victory. Then Henderson, the programmer who took in the raw data from the field and fed it into MULTIVAC, explains that he knew how unreliable that data was (People covering their mistakes, telling their supervisors what they wanted to hear, making their own guesses about other work, etc.) and so he began adjusting and manipulating the data according to his own theories. Then Jablonksy, who was Chief Interpreter of MULTIVAC's output, revealed that the machine itself was not reliable anymore due to inadequate parts and operators, so it did not matter what kind of data was fed into it and he changed the final output himself based on his ''own'' theories. Then Lamar Swift, Executive Director of the Solar Federation, the man who had to actually make the decisions in the war, reveals that he never trusted MULTIVAC's final output at all. Not completely, not when there were lives on the line. At the end of the story he reveals the method he used ever every time he had a particularly hard decision to make. [[spoiler:"Heads or tails, gentlemen?"]]
10th Jan '16 9:38:46 PM phoenix
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* In [[TheBeautifulGame international soccer/football]], the referee does a coin toss with the captains of both teams before the game. The winning captain decides which half of the field his team will defend, and the other team kicks off to start the first half.

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* In [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball international soccer/football]], the referee does a coin toss with the captains of both teams before the game. The winning captain decides which half of the field his team will defend, and the other team kicks off to start the first half.
27th Dec '15 6:30:33 PM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* The ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' episode, "[[Recap/SonicBoomS1E13UnluckyKnuckles Unlucky Knuckles]]" begins with Sonic and Knuckles playing Gopher Ball. To decide who goes first, Sonic flips a coin and Knuckles calls, "Tails!"... [[SubvertedTrope to flip the coin]], since he doesn't trust Sonic to be fair.
5th Nov '15 11:59:03 AM JBK405
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote a short story called "The Machine that Won the War", where scientists gather around MULTIVAC, the computer used to calculate their army's strategy, and celebrate their victory. Then the scientist who programmed data into it admits that he just blindly guessed on every decision. The scientist who fed ''him'' the data admits that he fudged the results based on his intuition because he couldn't understand any of it. The scientist who gathered the initial calculations then confesses that he couldn't make out the readings and made stuff up. And the scientist who gave him those initial readings [[spoiler:reveals his method of making the first call: "Heads or tails, gentlemen?"]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov wrote a short story called "The Machine that Won the War", where politicians and scientists gather around MULTIVAC, the computer used to calculate their army's strategy, and celebrate their victory. victory. Then Henderson, the scientist programmer who programmed took in the raw data from the field and fed it into it admits MULTIVAC, explains that he just blindly guessed on every decision. The scientist who fed ''him'' knew how unreliable that data was (People covering their mistakes, telling their supervisors what they wanted to hear, making their own guesses about other work, etc.) and so he began adjusting and manipulating the data admits according to his own theories. Then Jablonksy, who was Chief Interpreter of MULTIVAC's output, revealed that he fudged the results machine itself was not reliable anymore due to inadequate parts and operators, so it did not matter what kind of data was fed into it and he changed the final output himself based on his intuition because he couldn't understand any ''own'' theories. Then Lamar Swift, Executive Director of it. The scientist the Solar Federation, the man who gathered had to actually make the initial calculations then confesses decisions in the war, reveals that he couldn't make out never trusted MULTIVAC's final output at all. Not completely, not when there were lives on the readings and made stuff up. And line. At the scientist who gave him those initial readings [[spoiler:reveals his end of the story he reveals the method of making the first call: "Heads he used ever time he had a particularly hard decision to make. [[spoiler:"Heads or tails, gentlemen?"]]
19th Oct '15 2:55:14 AM jormis29
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* ComicBook/TwoFace's signature item in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is a double-headed coin, except one side is all scratched up. This lets him easily identify which side landed.

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* ComicBook/TwoFace's signature item in ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is a double-headed coin, TwoHeadedCoin, except one side is all scratched up. This lets him easily identify which side landed.
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