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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

Use a coinflip app, or physical 4- or 6-sided dice (calling odd/even or above/below half instead of heads/tails). Both solutions fulfill all your criteria. You can further secure dice against falling ...
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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

If you have a phone which has a sufficiently accurate stopwatch (probably hundredths of a second is good enough, thousandths would be better) such that you can't reliably stop the stopwatch on any ...
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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

Prologue: Why Randomness Is (Not) Hard in Real Life Disclaimer: I might have designed too many probability theory basics exam questions in my life; whether this left permanent damage is up to you to ...
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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

Using either Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets, the formula =RANDBETWEEN(0,1) will give you 50/50 odds of a 0 or 1. On a PC, hit the delete key on an empty cell to re-roll (or F9 works in Excel too). ...
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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

A wonderfully horrible solution for RNG is an old-fashioned dice popper. They make for a literal pushbutton solution to RNG, with no dice falling off tables. They also make a sound that is either ...
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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

Use a spinner, like the one that comes with the popular "Game of Life" board game, except each of the numbers alternates with "heads" or "tails" (or whatever 2 categories ...
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What makes a good alternative to flipping a coin for 50/50 randomness?

A very simple low-tech solution: Use one or more decks of cards Shuffle the cards and lay face down. Turn the top card for a random 50/50 decision: red or black. Place in a discarded pile. Shuffle ...
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