I heard a story today I found, on its face, quite gross, but on reflection poses a few interesting questions.
It seems that at one point last year a group of seventh grade boys collected $280 and paid another student to drink his own piss.
I know your reaction, like mine, was yuck.
I also know that your second reaction was, "That’s not enough money for me to do that."
Followed by a quick mental calculation of how much it would cost for you to WaterWorld.
I know this because when I heard the story, that’s what I thought, then when I told Adam, that’s what he thought.
Usually, Adam and I following a similar train of thought is neither abnormal, nor indicative of a larger pattern, but here I think it holds.
Before you judge this boy too harshly, I’d like you to consider a few mitigating factors.
1.) Drinking a cup of your own urine is not, as far as I know, lethal, which means that there’s a price at which you would do this. It might be a really high price, but there’s a price.
2.) $280 seems like a small sum of money, but consider that these are not adult dollars. These are 7th grade dollars. When I was in 7th grade I used to go my future High School on Saturdays following home football games to search for change that had fallen out of people’s pockets the night before. If I found $5 I would be ecstatic. $280 would have been a king’s ransom.
3.) What is $280 7th grade dollars adjusted to adult dollars? I’m going to Packer Method this thing and call it at least a 5:1 adult to kid ratio. Meaning that $280 kid dollars is roughly $1400 adult dollars. It may be even more lopsided than that. Is $1400 in the ball park for your price?
What do you think? Was I right about your reaction? Did the kid get suckered, or get over?