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22 votes (91.66%)
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unJon
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June 12th, 2020 at 4:50:46 AM permalink
You are offered a billion dollar gamble. You will get COVID-19. If you live, the billion dollars is yours free and clear. If you die, your estate does not get any money.

Or you can turn down the offer and instead take a COVID vaccination that will not risk your life but give you the same level of immunity as if you had gotten COVID.

The question for the poll is do you take your chances with COVID (and it痴 mortality rate of []%) for a billion dollars. Or do you not take the gamble with your life.

Thread inspired by a Billryan post in the COVID math thread.
Last edited by: unJon on Jun 12, 2020
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darkoz
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June 12th, 2020 at 5:28:24 AM permalink
I voted no.

It may sound unbelievable to most and I DID have to think about it.

My family is more important than the money and I can't risk my life.

It's more than death. You also risk being on a ventilator for weeks feeling like you are drowning.

There will be posters saying they will do it for a billion dollars but is there anything they won't do?

Would you agree to have your appendix removed without anesthesia for a billion dollars?

Would you agree to have your right arm amputated?

Would you agree to murder someone's family for a billion dollars?

Murder your own family?

There are things that I hope many of us would say no to a billion dollars. And yes, I know lots of people have committed murder for money. We call them criminals.

So what are you guys?
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AZDuffman
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June 12th, 2020 at 5:41:50 AM permalink
Sounds like a red pill/blue pill choice.

Given the low mortality rate for all but aged patients I would probably take the billion. Same reason as I go out in the real world to do whatever I need to do. The chances I will not even get any real symptoms are many times higher than that of death.

The hard part about the billion is life would not be as fun as before. No reason to bet sports or sit at a BJ table grinding out enough to win what I pay for dinner. Money is no longer a reason to hope Lori Grenier leaves her husband for me.

I want it tax free BTW.

Take the billion. But 10 square miles with coastal frontage in Belize. And build my own Monte Carlo/Singapore casino and financial center.
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ChumpChange
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June 12th, 2020 at 5:47:45 AM permalink
The Zombie Apocalypse is upon us. What is money worth now?
darkoz
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June 12th, 2020 at 6:20:28 AM permalink
The one billion dollars will be paid in pennies.

Unwrapped!
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unJon
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June 12th, 2020 at 6:21:38 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

The one billion dollars will be paid in pennies.

Unwrapped!



Can稚 swing a dead cat without hitting pennies in this room!
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DJTeddyBear
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June 12th, 2020 at 7:06:42 AM permalink
Quote: AZDuffman

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The hard part about the billion is life would not be as fun as before. No reason to bet sports or sit at a BJ table grinding out enough to win what I pay for dinner.
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With a billion dollars, you could own a casino. That could be a whole different kind of fun (just ask Derek Stevens).
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DeMango
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June 12th, 2020 at 7:22:38 AM permalink
If the CDC mortality rate is factored in, the odds of dying are roughly one in 400. If you get infected. Then there is the unknown odds of your immune system, some people just don't get flu, me not since 1973. I'm pegging the odds at 1 in a thousand. Where is my Billion?
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DeMango
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June 12th, 2020 at 7:24:06 AM permalink
Quote: darkoz

The one billion dollars will be paid in pennies.

Unwrapped!


A penny here, a penny there, pretty soon we are talking real money! BTW who am I paraphrasing?
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darkoz
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June 12th, 2020 at 7:54:46 AM permalink
Quote: DeMango

If the CDC mortality rate is factored in, the odds of dying are roughly one in 400. If you get infected. Then there is the unknown odds of your immune system, some people just don't get flu, me not since 1973. I'm pegging the odds at 1 in a thousand. Where is my Billion?



This isn't the flu but okay
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