|Hypothetical Question #21B
||[Dec. 12th, 2005|10:41 am]
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I'm sure most of you have seen The Biggest Loser, or at least know the concept of how the reality show works. Let's say you were a heavy person and made it on the show, and due to your perserverance and discipline, you managed to make it to the final 3. You've lost more weight than anyone else: 100 lbs. You look a lot better, are so much healthier, and feel great about yourself, and people are constantly congratulating you and you love it. You're the leading pick everybody has to win the $250,000 prize. Considering your dedication, you'd have to agree. The final portion of the reality show is; everybody leaves the ranch and takes their lessons and weight control to the real world. This phase of the game lasts for 2 months, this living on your own, without any help, to manage your diet and exercise regimen. Whoever comes back after those 2 months and has lost the most weight (cumulative) wins the purse. With an early weight loss lead, you feel confident.|
However, one of the other two remaining contestants has a powerful billionaire father, and he approaches you with an offer your first day off the ranch. Take a dive, he says, so my daughter can win. And he wants his daughter to feel really happy about her weight loss, so, he tells you, I want you to put back on the 100 pounds you lost. You have 2 months and you did it once before. Do this thing and I'll pay you $1,000,000. He wants you to gain the weight so it'll look like you went off the wagon and weren't strong enough, thus making his daughter proud of her accomplishment. And you can't tell anyone about this deal. Do it and he'll sue you for slander. Oh, and if you turn down the million, his next and final offer is $3million.
So there you have it. Two choices. A quarter million to look good and show everybody you know and everybody watching at home what a success you are...or a cool million to three million to put back on all the weight you lost, which you know you can lose again, but everybody will think you're a double loser for falling off the wagon and ruining a good thing.