How crazy are you for money?
During our Smart Spin's journey, we've seen people either motivated by the big bucks you can earn at poker or completely ignoring the financial part of playing cards. There are players on both ends of this issue, as well as hundreds of different personas revolving around the middle.
It's good to know your limits and how much you would do for money, and this comes with news that a poker player wants to sleep in a bathroom in total darkness for 30 days. It's an opportunity to think about your own motivations and the goals for the upcoming 2019.
Would you do it?
The news with a survey came from Mike Matusow, and even if at times he seems like an odd person, there are still some things that we can learn while reading his tweets:
Some poker player made $100,000 prop bet that he could sleep in a bathroom with shower & refrigerator in complete darkness for 30 days. No clock Nothing and is going to be drug tested and can’t take anything to fall asleep or anything do you think he can make it? I don’t.— Mike Matusow (@themouthmatusow) 16 listopada 2018
This time, we learnt about a prop bet that, if you've heard anything about torture techniques during war or read about CIA's secret prison, seems like a real nightmare.
The main theme is to live through those 30 days in a bathroom without any light and not knowing what time it is. As you can see in the survey above, the vast majority of people thought that this poker player would fail his challenge. Your beloved editor-in-chief thinks so too but at the same time, it's an opportunity to raise a question.
How much would you want to be paid for this?
Tougher than you think
That is not a challenge to take up easily. Humans are members of their social circles, and you can pretty much tell if someone has been away from his for a long time. The changes in behaviour are only one thing that may harm you during this quest, but the big issue is your brain and his ability to handle 30 days in total solitude.
To be honest, it's been done before, but it never ended up good.
In a recent study, British scientists locked up six volunteers in a total isolation chamber for only 48 hours. Going through this seems like quite an easy task, right? We bet you could find a time-span in your life that you didn't leave the house for 48 hours. How could this be any different? The volunteers thought this way, but little did they know that the same experiment was first tried out in the fifties and was a failure as it had to be stopped before the full 48 hours have passed.
A British comedian and artist Adam Bloom, who volunteered to this experiment, learnt first-hand what it means to live through a horror, as even though he wasn't there long, he started to hallucinate quite quickly:
I could see the pearly sheen on the oyster shells as clear as day. (...)At one point, I started singing and then I burst into tears. I can't remember the last time I cried, and I felt my emotions were beginning to run out of control. (...) Then I felt as though the room was taking off from underneath me. For the first time, I realised that the lack of stimulation was driving me close to insanity.
After leaving the dark room, Bloom was tested and scored significantly lower for his ability to process information. Researchers also recognised his memory has worsened, and he was much more susceptible to suggestions, which shows us why it was designed as a mean of torture.
But there were more experiments in the past. Josie Laures and Antoine Senni tested how they would survive in solitude in 1965. The former was sitting in her cave for 88 days, while the latter spent 126 days in his. During this time, they befriended mouses and mistook the time they spent there for over a month. But a distorted sense of time was not the only thing they got out of this experiment. Antoine's brain changed so much that he slept for 30 hours straight, at the same time believing he just took a quick nap.
There was also a famous case of Michael Siffre who spent nine weeks in a place known as a Midnight Cave. At one point during that time, he contemplated suicide but didn't want to leave his parents with the debts from funding this experiment. Without a clock, he couldn't tell the time. Three years after the study was finished, he still had memory leaks, his eyesight didn't recover, and he had something he called unexplainable "psychological wounds". Shortly after leaving Midnight Cave, he divorced his wife and retreated to the jungle in South America for a recovery.
Mind you, he still had light during his stay in the Midnight Cave.
How much would you want?
I am sure that some of you, readers, thought "Oh, I could do this!" after initially reading Mike Matusow's tweet.
While it is highly possible to survive this experiment, you can go through some changes that cannot be undone. Your brain could be re-wired so much that you would not be able to process enough information to play poker again or do anything creative or mind-related in your life.
How much would you want to get paid for having your life in a mess for the years following this prop bet? And if not it, then how about other famous prop bets which included some poker players.
Would you run 70 miles a day for $350,000? Would you want to get $100,000 for the fake-tits operation? Would you jump into a pool of shark for a $1,000?
Would you spend 30 dark days in a bathroom without contacting an outside world?
I'm sure I wouldn't.