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It is a fact that people enjoy exposing
themselves to unnecessary risks.
Presumably, the main reason for this
inclination is that the adrenaline
discharges which provide an exhilarating
feeling of being full of life are very
addictive. Also, it makes you look cool.
Whatever the reason,
who are we to argue
with this near-death wish? Give the people
what they want! They already get it from
multiple providers, be it their basejumping
gear supplier, or local tobacco store.
The new ride Destiny's Crosshairs provides
you with a (statistically certified) one in a
million chance of death upon each use.
Note that this does not significantly
increase a casual visitor's probability of
untimely demise, since to equate only
their chances of dying behind the wheel of
their vehicle, they would need to reach a
whopping 100 ride visits per annum.
Excellent for moving things forward with
that girl you've been hitting on to no avail;
she will call you reckless and immature for
going on a death ride, but will be secretely
impressed, and irresistibly drawn to your
Hurry to catch our special promotion: the
one-millionth customer wins a juicy life
insurance package! Upon exiting,
||I like it a lot. It appeals to some dark part of me. Maybe give out a free lottery ticket to all riders?
||Ooh! 1. Random number generator 2. "Enter number 1-1000000" keypad 3. Shotgun 4. Lottery ticket printer
||I'm not sure what happens if you lose AND win.
||You could make it an ethical case study in math skills by using a fake shotgun and testing what odds people will accept to get the lottery ticket.
||I think I see where you're going with this, but I'm not certain that I can endorse the logic of lumping buying base jumping gear in with buying tobacco.
||I'm not certain that adrenalin addiction and nicotine addiction are cut from the same cloth. People don't wake up in the middle of the night craving freefall.
||That's kind of a broad generalization.
||Well, I have woke myself up in the middle of the night having freediving dreams, and holding my breath until I can't any longer.
||//People don't wake up in the middle of the night craving freefall.//
||Um...I can't be the only one.
||[normzone] I agree that smoking has
nothing to do with adrenaline, so the
tobacco store is not the best example. My
is that it's an unnecessary risk that people
take up mainly for social reasons (it makes
you look cool).