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cute virtual rabbits in peril

an animation of a cute animal in distress makes you feel feelings, then pay money
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Most advertising makes money from getting you to buy a product. This is inefficient. Ideally, ads would make you want to pay for the privilege of viewing them.

Here's how: program an animation of a cute bunny, as well as something sad about to happen to the bunny.

The user has 10 seconds to click the link pay $1 to save the bunny.

If they don't click, there is an over-the-top animation of bunny guts, and the bunny looks sad, and somewhat splattered.

The user then has the option to click the link to pay $5 to resurrect the bunny.

If the user pays, they are shown an animation of the bunny looking even cuter, and free from peril, in a happy place. This persists when they later return to view the website again.

The website re-sets every three days.

Social features allow users to encourage others to pay, keep track of who has "saved the most rabbits" in the last day/week/month, talk about their feelings toward the rabbits, and receive life-affirming messages that they are doing the right thing by donating and in all other areas of their life.

sninctown, Jan 17 2014

Preheated... http://www.savetoby.com/
[normzone, Jan 17 2014]

Nobody move or the sherriff gets it.. http://www.youtube....watch?v=Z_JOGmXpe5I
[not_morrison_rm, Jan 17 2014]

Die Hard, but with cats http://www.devianta...Hard-Cats-427981820
[not_morrison_rm, Jan 19 2014]

Dead Rabbits Gang http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Rabbits
[JesusHChrist, Jan 20 2014]


       I hate bunnies!
JesusHChrist, Jan 17 2014

       But they're a vital component of Rabbit Pie, which is delicious.
hippo, Jan 17 2014

RayfordSteele, Jan 17 2014

       Are the rabbits virtually killed cleanly, or virtually tortured to virtual death? I'm all for the virtual emotional blackmail of gullible humans, but I can't bun virtual torture of animals.   

       And rabbit pie _is_ delicious, with a nice thick cream broth and peas and asparaguses...mmm...
Alterother, Jan 17 2014

       As tragic as this statement is, I suspect the idea would make a lot of money if designed as an app (or whatever they're called) built into Facebook. I can imagine Facebook groups centered around preventing cruelty to the e-bunnies.   

       Now bun this idea, or [sninctown] really builds the app.
swimswim, Jan 17 2014

       I remember a story about a street musician who used to play just the mouthpiece of a sax long and loud and then ask for money not to play it again.
JesusHChrist, Jan 17 2014

       Pay $5 to resurrect the bunny and watch it die horribly a different way. For some audiences you could be raking it in.
pocmloc, Jan 17 2014

       You called ?   

       No, actually, we wouldn't want this, but would pay for a real steamroller and a real bunny ... or even better, kittens, MUHWHAHAHAHA !   

       Isn't this just an expensive online Tamagotchi though ? And they are WKTE ...   

       Oh, and what [hippo] said.
8th of 7, Jan 17 2014

       Cute virtual Rabbis in peril...might as well do the religious market as well..
not_morrison_rm, Jan 19 2014

       ... Cute virginal Rabbis in peril ... ?
8th of 7, Jan 20 2014

       Ok, I couldn't think of a good reply.   

       Aha, cute virtual Virgilian Virginian virgin rabbis in peri peri sauce peril...
not_morrison_rm, Jan 20 2014

       <Sir Galahad>   

       "Look, let me go back in there and face the peril."   

       </Sir Galahad>
8th of 7, Jan 20 2014

       Besides the Dead Rabbits Gang (link) that this reminds me of, I also remember a childhood friend telling me that, when you were sitting around a camp fire and the smoke was blowing in your face, that all you had to say was, "Dead Rabbits" and the smoke would go away from you, and it would work, pretty amazingly consistently, as long as you didn't do it too many times in a row. Thinking back on that I guess the "dead" and the "rabbits" together does something to your energy field that guides smoke away from you. 19th century reality hacking.
JesusHChrist, Jan 20 2014


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