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View Poll Results: Which prize option would you take? (See back story in thread header.)
One-week trip to the International Space Station 21 35.59%
$150,000 in cash 37 62.71%
I would take neither. My real prize is in winning the contest in the first place. 1 1.69%
My answer depends on whether I can take my dog. My dog and I go everywhere together. 0 0%
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:24 PM  
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Hypothetical: You win a trip into space, or ...

Here's the scenario:

Your local dairy decides to sponsor a "Cow Jumped Over The Moon" contest, where first prize is a one-week trip to space. The winner will go to central Russia, board some massive Russian rocket along with a Bulgarian cosmonaut and an American mission control person, and will enjoy a one-week stay aboard the International Space Station. (I'm not sure how space travelers get back down these days, but that's a detail we can figure out later.)

You are one of 12 people who win a sweepstakes to go into the finals. You show up and compete against the other 11 in a decathlon of dairy-related contests. You do well in the cheese trivia and cow leaping contests, but struggle during the yogurt swim and bull riding.

You're in second place entering the final event, which butter eating. The first-place contestant, a charming young Bowdoin College coed, downs four sticks of butter, but with iron resolve you lay the hammer down and eat 5.5 sticks to take the win. She goes home with second prize, which is a year's supply of chocolate milk.

So you've won. The ISS trip is yours. But not everyone is excited about entering space. The Russians aren't into safety all that much, and it's a rough trip up, and space sickness happens, and if a 25-cent bolt fails you die gasping in absolute zero before your body falls into the sun.

So you have an option:

1. You can take the one-week trip to the ISS. All prize taxes and intermediate travel costs will be paid by the dairy.
2. You can take a one-time cash prize of $150,000, with all prize taxes paid by the dairy.

Which do you take?
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:28 PM   #3
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That one's a no-brainer. 150 grand isn't even that much money. If you multiplied that by a factor of 100 I'd have to think about it, but for just $150,000 send me up.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:29 PM   #4
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:29 PM   #5
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The money. Floating around in a space station doesn't interest me that much. Not unless it has warp speed and you can use it like Captain Kirk to cruise for chicks.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:30 PM   #6
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:30 PM   #7
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:31 PM   #8
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:31 PM   #9
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:32 PM   #10
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Statistically, astronauts are more likely to die than cosmonauts.
Okay. But their spacesuits aren't as cool looking.
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Old 02-25-2014, 02:38 PM   #12
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Cash. I saw "Gravity" so same thing as being there
You must have seen it in 3D.
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