It’s been a month since our last open thread (to the day) so it seemed a good time to have one. (Well we did have the one that was as much metapost as open thread, but I’m not counting it.)
People, some people, a certain proper subset of the group that is people, and possibly members of outside groups as well depending on how we define people…
Starting over: Some seem endlessly fascinated with the question, “Who would win in a fight?”
Occasionally this involves real people, more often fictional characters:
Who would win in a fight, Superman or Batman?
Who would win in a fight, James T. Kirk or Malcolm Reynolds?
Who would win in a fight, Evelyn Salt Salt or Zoe Washburne?
Who would win in a fight, Jane and the Dragon or Rainbow Brite and Starlight?
Who would win in a fight, James Bond or Sydney Bristow?
It always seems to be people who are very good at what they do, at least I’ve never seen:
Who would win in a fight, Inspector Clouseau or Jar-Jar Binks?
Anyway, the question. You can answer it if you’d like, but I was thinking this would be more about the question, why do people keep asking it, why does it inspire conversation when it does, why don’t we see “Who would be better at X?” where X is some non-confrontational thing or, if it must be, “Who would win,” why don’t we see, “Who would win in a chess game/game of riddles/game of questions/steeplechase?”
And, as always, the prompt is to get conversation started, no limit it. So if you’ve got something else on your mind, go for it.