In Ben-Hur (both the timeless classic and the upcoming remake), the eponymous character ends his feud with Messala in a spectacular chariot race that is actually just the F1 with horses. While that is a really awesome way to end any dispute, it’s not very practical for the average person. In fact, it wasn’t even very practical back then, because it’s not like the plebians of the time could afford to splash some money on a chariot race whenever they wanted to.

So how do you settle conflicts in a simple but exciting way? With the advent of modern technology (and the Singapore Armed Forces), we’ve presented 5 cheap and good ways to resolve fights between you and your bestie. May the best man win!

1. Pokémon GO 

Have you caught all three starters? Credit: Forbes

Have you caught all three starters? Credit: Forbes

Come on, this should have been the first thought that came to mind. It may not be as flamboyant as a chariot race, but it’s certainly just as exciting. Pick a place with many Pokéstops, set a timer, and go! Whoever catches the most Pokémon wins. It’s a test of hand-eye co-ordination (catching those Pokémon), raw speed (running to cover as much distance as possible), and a strategic mind (knowing which Pokéstops and Pokémon to go for) – the same qualities that a chariot race tests!

Best of all, you’ll get to up your levels while you’re at it.

2. Instagram Likes contest

How many Likes have you gotten today? Credit: SEO Clerks

How many Likes have you gotten today? Credit: SEO Clerks

Each of you posts a photo of your choosing on Instagram, and after one hour, you see which photo has the most Likes. I wanted to suggest Facebook but that’s kind of passe already, and also their new algorithm will probably make the final results very pathetic (I had 4 Likes! You only had 3 Likes!). At least you’ll have more bragging rights if you win on Instagram.

Remember to set your account to Public if you want to win!

3. Paintball

Nobody really looks that good after paintball. Credit: Area 52

Nobody really looks that good after paintball. Credit: Area 52

There’s nothing quite as visceral as shooting your friend in the chest with a red paintball and watching him fall to the ground, crying in pain. It’s really quite cathartic to have a paintball contest, because there’s also an element of pain – getting shot with a paintball hurts! If you’re bad at it and get up getting many bruises, you can always say that you’re an aspiring athlete and you went cupping. Nobody can tell the difference.

4. Individual Physical Proficiency Test

Everyone hates SBJ. Credit: Mothership

Everyone hates SBJ. Credit: Mothership

I’m not talking about the new IPPT where it’s just push-ups, sit-ups, and 2.4 – that’s way too easy. No, if you want to compete on an epic level, then you need to go old school. Compete using the old IPPT methods (including pull-ups and standing broad jumps) and see who gets the most points. For an added kick, use NAPFA (National Physical Fitness Award) instead. It includes Sit and Reach, which even the fittest sportsmen struggle with.

It also gives fat guys a chance (have you ever seen a fat dude fail Sit and Reach?).

5. Competitive eating

Nom nom nom. Credit: Daily Mail

Nom nom nom. Credit: Daily Mail

You might think that this is just a childhood contest, but competitive eating is actually becoming a trend in Singapore! You’ll be amazed how all that food can fit into some people’s stomachs. It’s been likened to a sport by professional eaters, which means that yes, you can train for it!

Best to compete at a buffet though, lest you break the bank trying to win.

Ben-Hur. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Ben-Hur. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

But of course, nothing beats a chariot race in terms of sheer flashiness. And that’s what the new Ben-Hur movie promises in its climax. Starring Jack Huston and Toby Kebbell, this tale of brotherhood and betrayal is an epic that will be remembered for generations to come. Unless the climax shows them playing Pokémon GO.

Catch it in cinemas now!

Credits: Forbes, SEO Clerks, Area 52, Mothership, Daily Mail, Golden Village Cinemas