“Once, Zhuang Zhou dreamed he was a butterfly - a butterfly flitting and fluttering about, happy with himself and doing as he pleased. He didn't know that he was Zhuang Zhou.
Suddenly he woke up and there he was, solid and unmistakable Zhuang Zhou. But he didn't know if he was Zhuang Zhou who had dreamt he was a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that he was Zhuang Zhou.”
- Zhuangzi, chapter 2. Fables written in 4th century BC, China
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How to play Scheherazade and the Sultan
You are Scheherazade and your friend is the Sultan.
Scheherazade’s goal is to narrate one fake incident and one true incident that they have witnessed in their life.
The Sultan’s aim is to listen to Scheherazade and to identify which of the two incidents is false.
If the Sultan succeeds, the sequence repeats and Scheherazade has to come up with a new pair of incidents.
If the Sultan fails to identify correctly, the roles are reversed - Scheherazade becomes the Sultan, and the Sultan becomes Scheherazade.