Fun for 5/6 of the family
The Color Wheel Roulette's claim of "50% fewer deaths than Russian variety" refers to the practice of Russian roulette, in which a single round is placed in a revolver, the cylinder is spun, and the gun is fired at oneself, taking the chance that the bullet will be shot. If we assume that a player dies when a bullet is shot, the odds of dying from Russian roulette are 16.66% (assuming a six shooter, a 1 in 6 chance would be 16.66%; however, because the chamber with the bullet is heavier, it is less likely to stop at the top than the other five chambers). The odds of dying from Color Wheel Roulette are therefore 8.33% (one half of 16.66%). Which means Garden Variety has a 4.16% chance to kill.
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Posted on: 16:14, 11 July 2006 (UTC)
Arguments for:
 An interesting read about the "game" of Russion Roulette and its relation to the Easter egg.
Arguments against:
 Needlessly explains the joke.
 Long and unweildy.
 Mathematical calculations such as this traditionally go on the talk page (see Talk:A Folky Tale#Physics and Talk:isp#Is your Internet Perry running?).
 Makes unwarranted assumptions.
 An interesting read on Russian Roulette belongs on the Wikipedia article, not the toon article. We can always find a place to hang a link to WP if we need to.
Additional comments:
 This is not a case where the humor is so obscure that the joke needs explaining. If we want to hang a link to Russian roulette somewhere and let the reader draw his or her own conclusions as to why it's funny, then fine, but we shouldn't have a fun fact giving it all away.
 It doesn't explain why it's funny, but what those numbers actually mean.
 Those numbers are all speculation. First it assumes that "50% fewer" means exactly 50.00% (as opposed to "about half"), and then it assumes that the revolver holds six bullets, when actually fiveshot and sevenshot varieties are common (and it's even possible to find revolvers that hold up to ten shots).
 On various talk pages, we have discussed just how much analysis is too much. In general, I favor such analysis, but in this case we really are being too nitpicky. The math is unnecessary speculation and overkill on something that's simply supposed to be funny.
 There should at least be an explanation stating, that 'the Russian variety' refers to russian roulette.
 I was the first one to put in the odds of dying from the game because I thought it would be funny. Now it's unfunny and doesn't even have much to do with the sbemail anymore. We should revert it to "The 'Russian Variety' refers to 'Russsian Roulette'" or whatever it was.
 I agree. In fact, I'm the one who originally put up the fact, and I was sure it shouldn't be STUFF'd because it was fine as it was. It used to just be "50% fewer deaths than the Russian variety" is a reference to the usually fatal game Russian roulette. Now it's this scientific mess.
Proposed revision:
The Color Wheel Roulette's claim of "50% fewer deaths than Russian variety" refers to the practice of Russian roulette.
Arguments for:
 This is really all we need. It gives a link to the WP article and allows the reader to come to his or own conclusions.
 No speculation, assumptions, or estimation.
Arguments against:
Additional comments:
 A thread that discussed all the possibilites of the original math might also be appropriate and fun on the talk page.
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