Thrown in an arena with 2 others, which weapon do you pick?

Say you are thrown into an arena with two other strangers and are told to fight to the death. There is a table with three weapons: one box cutter, one belt, and one wiffle ball bat (no one is wearing a belt). You are each told you will be allowed to select a single weapon, one at a time. You get to select your weapon first. Which do you grab and why? What strategies do you employ?

The belt. In the land of the belt-less, the belted man is king.

The boxcutter, because I’m often already wearing a belt and I’m always carrying a wiffle ball bat.

Depends on how loose-fitting my pants are.

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I mean, my complete inability to fight means that I’m dead regardless, but I feel like the box cutter’ll suffer the least from being wielded by someone with all the upper body strength of a rock 'em sock 'em robot.

Box cutter

I spent enough time in retail a) Not wearing a belt because I had pants that were exactly my waist size and I never tucked in that awful polo and b) slicing many a box. Which I believe qualifies me to fight in the name of the holy knife.


Even with someone not fighting back at all, it’s going to take a LONG time to murder someone with a wiffle bat or a belt. Even strangling someone with a belt will take a while.

I’m taking the belt and be it only because I don’t want to drop my pants while I’m getting beaten up. Losing terribly is already humiliating enough I think.

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Gimme the box cutter. While everyone else is concerned about the status of their pants, I’ll win this fight dammit.

The belt. Here’s my reasoning:

  1. I’m not going to kill another human being just because someone dropped me in an arena and told me to do so

  2. I am probably going to have to restrain that guy with the box cutter though. Fortunately, belts can be effective restraints.

  3. I don’t have to worry too much about the person wielding the bat that’s marketed as “lightweight and super safe!”

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I fight with my Words, which is what I call my fists.

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