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Would you accept?

Yes (show me the money)
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No
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:30 pm

Please consider the following hypothetical:

A supernatural god-like entity would like you to participate in a social experiment. You can get 7 million dollars if you agree to allow the entity to transform you into a cursed entity.

You will gain the following three properties:

1. Whiskey Mouth - any water that you drink beyond 3 cups will transform into cheap whiskey upon entry into your mouth. If you spit it out, it will transform back into the original drink (to become whiskey again if you re-swallow and so forth). This condition resets every 24 hours.

2. Frost Gaze - if any mortal beholds your eyes directly they will be permanently turned into a statue made of ice. If you transform too many people without an indeterminate “recharging period,” you will overcharge yourself and you yourself will be permanently turned into an ice statue. Standard transparent glasses aren’t powerful enough to shield the Frost Gaze, you need at least sunglasses or some specially made goggles.

3. Nocturnal Flight - Whenever you fall asleep, your blood will temporarily transform into a magical substance that causes your entire body to levitate upwards for the entire duration like a helium balloon. Your body mass and structure remains close to the same but be careful... take the precautions since you fall right back down from whatever height when you wake. Make sure you NEVER sleep outdoors without a roof.


The supernatural god-like entity tells you that although there are magic users in the world, for the foreseeable future you will be the only being cursed with these three properties.

Would you accept for 7 million dollars?

If you do, what precautions would you take to live a normal life? Or would you take advantage of these powers somehow? Please explain.

I wouldn’t accept. There are precautions one could take to make this work, but it’s too much work.
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Postby Senkaku » Mon Nov 30, 2020 9:58 pm

I buy myself a weighted blanket, rehydration fluid IVs (or just lots of the sugary non-water drinks I like anyways), and some stylish shades with the $7M
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Postby Jabberwocky » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:08 pm

This is a problem, since I hate the taste of whiskey, but drink a lot of water. Not be able to look my wife, or other pretty girl, in the eyes? At least sleeping in the bottom bunk solves #3.
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Postby Auphelia » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:09 pm

The sleep floating and water restrictions are not ideal, but manageable. The frost gaze is what I worry about. Yes, it can be managed most of the time, but on the off chance there is one day a mistake and someone I love does look into my eyes for some reason, their life would surely be worth more than that amount of money.

I assume this is in USD, and seven million isn't what it used to be.

Of course, I could establish a very lucrative career as an assassin and make much more.

I accept.
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Postby Galloism » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:11 pm

Cup the volume measurement or cup the generalized receptacle from which a person drinks a beverage?
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Postby Sundiata » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:21 pm

I wouldn't accept; as my uncle would say, "With great power comes great responsibility."
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:28 pm

Auphelia wrote:The sleep floating and water restrictions are not ideal, but manageable. The frost gaze is what I worry about. Yes, it can be managed most of the time, but on the off chance there is one day a mistake and someone I love does look into my eyes for some reason, their life would surely be worth more than that amount of money.

I assume this is in USD, and seven million isn't what it used to be.

Of course, I could establish a very lucrative career as an assassin and make much more.

I accept.


It is in USD.

By the way, a thought has just occurred to me. What’s with me and the US dollar????

I’ve literally never even used this currency in my life. When I went down to the States, my brother paid for everything. 0_0

I think somehow the USD has become the default currency but I can’t think why
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Postby Galloism » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:29 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Auphelia wrote:The sleep floating and water restrictions are not ideal, but manageable. The frost gaze is what I worry about. Yes, it can be managed most of the time, but on the off chance there is one day a mistake and someone I love does look into my eyes for some reason, their life would surely be worth more than that amount of money.

I assume this is in USD, and seven million isn't what it used to be.

Of course, I could establish a very lucrative career as an assassin and make much more.

I accept.


It is in USD.

By the way, a thought has just occurred to me. What’s with me and the US dollar????

I’ve literally never even used this currency in my life. When I went down to the States, my brother paid for everything. 0_0

I think somehow the USD has become the default currency but I can’t think why

It’s the world reserve currency.
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The Parkus Empire: Being serious on NSG is like wearing a suit to a nude beach.
New Kereptica: Since power is changed energy over time, an increase in power would mean, in this case, an increase in energy. As energy is equivalent to mass and the density of the government is static, the volume of the government must increase.


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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:32 pm

Galloism wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:
It is in USD.

By the way, a thought has just occurred to me. What’s with me and the US dollar????

I’ve literally never even used this currency in my life. When I went down to the States, my brother paid for everything. 0_0

I think somehow the USD has become the default currency but I can’t think why

It’s the world reserve currency.


I’m actually most familiar with the Hong Kong dollar. Even the Canadian dollar is a bit unfamiliar in terms of valuation.

I think I started with USD as default currency for hypotheticals a long time ago because I assumed most posters were American (and I just ballparked using the Canadian currency). It has since stuck.

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:34 pm

I think at this stage the money as reward thing is overplayed. Next time, I will try to come up with a creative non-monetary reward.
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Postby Galloism » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:35 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Galloism wrote:It’s the world reserve currency.


I’m actually most familiar with the Hong Kong dollar. Even the Canadian dollar is a bit unfamiliar in terms of valuation.

I think I started with USD as default currency for hypotheticals a long time ago because I assumed most posters were American (and I just ballparked using the Canadian currency). It has since stuck.

Incidentally, the Hong Kong dollar is effectively pegged to the US dollar - what your Hong Kong dollar is worth is explicitly tied to the value of USD.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -quicktake

Bloomberg had an interesting article on the subject.
Venicilian: wow. Jesus hung around with everyone. boys, girls, rich, poor(mostly), sick, healthy, etc. in fact, i bet he even went up to gay people and tried to heal them so they would be straight.
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New Kereptica: Since power is changed energy over time, an increase in power would mean, in this case, an increase in energy. As energy is equivalent to mass and the density of the government is static, the volume of the government must increase.


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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:55 pm

Galloism wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:
I’m actually most familiar with the Hong Kong dollar. Even the Canadian dollar is a bit unfamiliar in terms of valuation.

I think I started with USD as default currency for hypotheticals a long time ago because I assumed most posters were American (and I just ballparked using the Canadian currency). It has since stuck.

Incidentally, the Hong Kong dollar is effectively pegged to the US dollar - what your Hong Kong dollar is worth is explicitly tied to the value of USD.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -quicktake

Bloomberg had an interesting article on the subject.


Oh

Interesting

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Postby Auphelia » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:56 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:It is in USD.

By the way, a thought has just occurred to me. What’s with me and the US dollar????

I’ve literally never even used this currency in my life. When I went down to the States, my brother paid for everything. 0_0

I think somehow the USD has become the default currency but I can’t think why


To be entirely fair, it is a relatively stable currency that retains a relatively high value. ₹70 lakh is worth far less than $7 million, after all.

Galloism wrote:Cup the volume measurement or cup the generalized receptacle from which a person drinks a beverage?


I hope the receptacle option.

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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:56 pm

Auphelia wrote:The sleep floating and water restrictions are not ideal, but manageable. The frost gaze is what I worry about. Yes, it can be managed most of the time, but on the off chance there is one day a mistake and someone I love does look into my eyes for some reason, their life would surely be worth more than that amount of money.

I assume this is in USD, and seven million isn't what it used to be.

Of course, I could establish a very lucrative career as an assassin and make much more.

I accept.


Assassin code name: Frost Gaze?

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Postby Auphelia » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:58 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:Assassin code name: Frost Gaze?


Ice Queen, naturally.

With a gaze so filled with disdain and matter-of-fact cruelty, my enemies simply turn to ice.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:00 pm

Galloism wrote:Cup the volume measurement or cup the generalized receptacle from which a person drinks a beverage?


Which is bigger?

Ideally with the spirit of the hypothetical, it should be a range where it’s triggered often enough to be a problem/issue but not so Overbearing as to be completely unavoidable.

I could edit to clarify.
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Postby Rusozak » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:01 pm

I would have accepted if it was just 1 and 3. Both seem rather livable afflictions and it might even be fun to strap in to sleep like an astronaut every night. Actually might even sleep better so long as you stay strapped in. But 2 is a deal breaker. I couldn't abide the danger I would be to other people.
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:03 pm

Auphelia wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:Assassin code name: Frost Gaze?


Ice Queen, naturally.

With a gaze so filled with disdain and matter-of-fact cruelty, my enemies simply turn to ice.


I was thinking that when the Frost Gaze activates, the eyes would turn into a lit up Homelander death stare except with bright blue light instead of red.

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Postby Senkaku » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:04 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Galloism wrote:Cup the volume measurement or cup the generalized receptacle from which a person drinks a beverage?


Which is bigger?

Ideally with the spirit of the hypothetical, it should be a range where it’s triggered often enough to be a problem/issue but not so Overbearing as to be completely unavoidable.

I could edit to clarify.

...well, it depends on the receptacle. You have your champagne flutes, your pint glasses, your mugs, your wine glasses, your travel cups, your soup bowls, etc.
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Postby Galloism » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:05 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Galloism wrote:Cup the volume measurement or cup the generalized receptacle from which a person drinks a beverage?


Which is bigger?

Depends.

Ideally with the spirit of the hypothetical, it should be a range where it’s triggered often enough to be a problem/issue but not so Overbearing as to be completely unavoidable.

I could edit to clarify.

Cup the receptacle is more pliable and subject to rules lawyering.

Cup the measurement means you could be partway through a cup (the other kind) and it suddenly switch to bad whiskey mid sip.
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New Kereptica: Since power is changed energy over time, an increase in power would mean, in this case, an increase in energy. As energy is equivalent to mass and the density of the government is static, the volume of the government must increase.


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Postby Galloism » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:05 pm

Auphelia wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:Assassin code name: Frost Gaze?


Ice Queen, naturally.

With a gaze so filled with disdain and matter-of-fact cruelty, my enemies simply turn to ice.

You should apply to be queen of England.
Venicilian: wow. Jesus hung around with everyone. boys, girls, rich, poor(mostly), sick, healthy, etc. in fact, i bet he even went up to gay people and tried to heal them so they would be straight.
The Parkus Empire: Being serious on NSG is like wearing a suit to a nude beach.
New Kereptica: Since power is changed energy over time, an increase in power would mean, in this case, an increase in energy. As energy is equivalent to mass and the density of the government is static, the volume of the government must increase.


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Postby Auphelia » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:06 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:I was thinking that when the Frost Gaze activates, the eyes would turn into a lit up Homelander death stare except with bright blue light instead of red.


Oh, how explosive!

I was imagining more of a Medusa-style effect. One glance at my uncovered eyes and they turn to ice just slowly enough that their face has time to contort in terror as they realise what is happening to them.

So I get 7 million USD and a new lucrative career, and all I have to do is drink something other than water and have straps on my bed? What a lovely deal!
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:07 pm

Senkaku wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:
Which is bigger?

Ideally with the spirit of the hypothetical, it should be a range where it’s triggered often enough to be a problem/issue but not so Overbearing as to be completely unavoidable.

I could edit to clarify.

...well, it depends on the receptacle. You have your champagne flutes, your pint glasses, your mugs, your wine glasses, your travel cups, your soup bowls, etc.


It’s true that a receptacle could vary greatly in size. A water bottle could technically qualify.

I was thinking cup (the scientific measurement, the one used in cooking) vs some kind of averaged conception of a drinking cup size

How would it differ? Which would make more sense for the intended trade offs of the scenario (money vs considerable but not insurmountable inconvenience/dangers)?
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Postby Infected Mushroom » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:10 pm

Auphelia wrote:
Infected Mushroom wrote:I was thinking that when the Frost Gaze activates, the eyes would turn into a lit up Homelander death stare except with bright blue light instead of red.


Oh, how explosive!

I was imagining more of a Medusa-style effect. One glance at my uncovered eyes and they turn to ice just slowly enough that their face has time to contort in terror as they realise what is happening to them.

So I get 7 million USD and a new lucrative career, and all I have to do is drink something other than water and have straps on my bed? What a lovely deal!


If you are confident you can manage all the potential risks :)

I would keep a low profile in case some governments decide they want to learn more about your powers :)

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Postby Senkaku » Mon Nov 30, 2020 11:11 pm

Infected Mushroom wrote:
Senkaku wrote:...well, it depends on the receptacle. You have your champagne flutes, your pint glasses, your mugs, your wine glasses, your travel cups, your soup bowls, etc.


It’s true that a receptacle could vary greatly in size. A water bottle could technically qualify.

I was thinking cup (the scientific measurement, the one used in cooking) vs some kind of averaged conception of a drinking cup size

How would it differ? Which would make more sense for the intended trade offs of the scenario (money vs considerable but not insurmountable inconvenience/dangers)?

I mean, then you're basically just giving everyone a death sentence by dehydration, unless my rehydration IV workaround is an option. (Or are we supposed to lick the melting statues of our victims for sustenance?)
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