Mar 16, 12
Read in January, 1983
You know that pen-and-paper game kids sometimes play, where you take turns writing Os and Xs on graph paper and the winner is the first person to get five in a row? Well, in case you weren't aware of this, there's a galaxy far, far away (sometimes called Japan) where it's played in deadly earnest. Professional players have subjected the theory to the same intense scrutiny that our culture has applied to chess, and it was long ago determined that the guy who moves first has a forced win.
But it would be such a pity to lose this fine game, so the rules have been modified to handicap the first player just enough to make it interesting. Read Sakata and Iwata's book if you want to know more. 99% of the people on this site will literally be unable to imagine anything duller. If you're in the remaining 1%, though, it will give you a unique buzz. I can't really describe it, but you feel the ground giving way beneath you in a manner that's simultaneously disquieting and rather pleasant... a little like the high you get from reading a good Philip K. Dick drunk at 3 am in a country you've never visited before. Try it and see.