I previously wrote about Penn Jillette’s brilliant NPR essay, where he demonstrates his genius. However, there’s lots of other examples of this, such as his New Years Eve Mac Vomit Penn article. Here’s a teaser:
[...] Kelli had told Mac King that it was impossible to drink a gallon of whole milk in a half hour. Mac didn’t believe that. She bet him 75 bucks he couldn’t do it. As we were finishing up dinner, Mac arrived with a gallon jug of milk and a video camera. He was going to take Kelli’s money and his wife wanted video of it, since she was home with their daughter.
Why did I wait 3 years to link to this? Because, just recently, someone who obviously didn’t know that Mac lost this bet, uploaded a video to YouTube. For those “visual learners” out there who won’t read Penn’s story, here’s the lesson for you:
(The notes on the video suggest this video was recorded on 1999-03-15, at “Ramapo College of New Jersey, Oak Hall Parking Lot” — way to represent!)
Go on, bet your dumb friends an easy $100 that they can’t drink a gallon of milk in half an hour. If you want to be really evil, have a fresh gallon of milk ready nearby before you offer the bet, so they can’t back out because “we’ve got to go get the milk and I don’t feel like it.” Just make sure to throw down a tarp or have a bucket handy. You know why …