September 26, 2006

Would You Rather?

My new meme is to ask you silly “Would You Rather” questions. Your job is to think and answer them.

On the day when you spend the most time with strangers, assuming you couldn’t give any explanation, Would you rather

  • go through the day wearing a lobster bib, or
  • go through the day wearing a blue bib from the dentist office?

Since Maggie tells me those questions are too close to one another (hey, that’s what makes the question interesting!!!) here’s one that’s a little more varied.

Would you rather

  • have a rare brain malfunction that only allows you to hear music from Britney Spears’ repertoire for the rest of your life, or
  • lose hearing in one ear and sight in one eye?
Posted by James at September 26, 2006 11:55 AM
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Part a) Lobster Bib, unless the dentist bib has unexplained blood on it.

Part b) I'll take the loss of sight/hearing.

Posted by: Derek at September 26, 2006 12:13 PM

1. Lobster bib

2. Depends on what you mean by "only allows you to hear music from Britney" etc.:

-all the time, constantly, even when no one else can hear it, and can't hear anything else, including speech

- I can hear Britney only when Britney is playing; I can't hear anything else at all

Both of these would be like being deaf and irritable with two good eyes. An eye for an ear would be a good trade in this case.

Other possible interpretations:

-all the time, constantly, even when no one else can hear it, but can still hear other sounds including speech

- when any music is playing, I hear Britney instead, but can still hear speech and sound

Both of these would be annoying but I would give it a shot before giving up an ear and an eye.

Another possibility:

- I hear Britney only when Britney is playing; I can't hear any other music; I can still hear speech and sound

It means I won't hear any of the other stuff I hate. I'd miss the stuff I like, but that was going to be the case in all of the above scenarios anyway. I could definitely live with this and I would keep both eyes and ears.

Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2006 12:37 PM

Thanks for the thorough answer!

The way I meant it was that if music were playing, you wouldn't hear it at all. Unless it was Britney.

Basically, how much would you miss *real* music, and be taunted by having to hear Britney now and again.

Posted by: James at September 26, 2006 1:06 PM

question 1 :

Dentist bib

question 2:

i took the question the way julie's final answer did and I would go with her answer. hearing only Brittney music would suck but would be better than losing an eye and an ear.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 26, 2006 1:07 PM

Oh, it would most definitely suck. But having one eye would make driving difficult (losing what little depth perception I have already). Anyway, I had actually assumed you meant that I'd hear all Britney all the time, day and night, to the exclusion of all other things. By comparison, what you describe would be only a mild annoyance.

As for the bib, I went with the lobster just on the off chance that someone would see it and say "oh, I wondered who this belonged to" and hand me a fully cooked lobster.

Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2006 1:23 PM

I would talk to someone wearing a lobster bib and slowly back away from someone wearing a dentist bib. So I'll choose the latter.

And being deprived of all music except for one musician would quickly lead to madness so I'll give up the eye and ear. It doesn't matter who the musician is. I could envision myself myself in ten years staggering through Central Park bellowing James Taylor lyrics at the top of my lungs. Maybe that's what happened to all those gaunt, scruffy types who carry apocalyptic signs in crowds and rave about fire and rain.

Posted by: Mike at September 26, 2006 1:59 PM

Better "Fire and Rain" than "Hit Me Baby," I guess...

Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2006 2:30 PM

1. Lobster Bib I suppose.

2. So my choices are give up all music but Britney Spears, or lose sight in one eye and hearing in one ear?

I *love* music. I don't think I could bear going through life not being able to hear different sorts of music (including Ms. Spears). But about the only thing more important than that to me is my ability to see. I'm not prepared to give up one of my eyes in order to keep hearing all types of music. So I guess I'm stuck listening to Britney...

Whatís practical is logical. What the hell, who cares?
All I know is Iím so happy when youíre dancing there.

Iím a slave for you. I cannot hold it; I cannot control it.
Iím a slave for you. I wonít deny it; Iím not trying to hide it.
Posted by: Chuck S. at September 26, 2006 3:00 PM

1. Lobster bib

2. Britney ear (a new medical term)--I would just have an operation on my inner ear to silence all sound, including the "music."

Posted by: Patti M. at September 26, 2006 3:37 PM

I'd go for the dentist bib. And I might drool.

And I'd lose the eye and the ear. I couldn't do without good music.

Posted by: James at September 26, 2006 3:42 PM

Look, nobody wants to wear any kind of bib, yeah?

At least with a lobster bib, you migh have had a tasty meal, whereas with a dentist's bib, there is nothing tasty to have been had (unless you're into root canals...).

Posted by: Patti M. at September 26, 2006 4:02 PM

You didn't have a meal, though. Just the bib. Otherwise, it makes too much sense.

Posted by: James at September 26, 2006 4:20 PM

I agree. You can drool just as well on a lobster bib, and I believe the lobster bib is likely to provoke a slightly better quality of conversation. I.e. I'd rather have a demented discussion about food than a demented discussion about dentistry.

Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2006 4:23 PM

I was agreeing with Patti, btw.

Posted by: Julie at September 26, 2006 4:26 PM

Yeah, but the dentist bib is absorbent.

Posted by: James at September 26, 2006 4:28 PM

I chose dentist bib because god hates crustaceans.
It says so in the bible.
Or something.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 26, 2006 4:31 PM

1) Dentist bib with unexplained blood
2) Lose the eye and the ear. I could learn to compensate for those. But if I could only hear Britney songs, I couldn't be in any more musicals.

Ooooh! Plus, maybe I could get a cool cybernetic eye later on, like G'Kar in B5. Then I could see around corners and under doors and stuff.

Posted by: briwei at September 26, 2006 6:36 PM

Dentist bib and here's your eye and ear donation. I'd go mad not being able to hear good music again, even if I only use one ear bud on the iPod.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at September 26, 2006 6:41 PM

You probably wouldn't want to use headphones. unless they make special mono headphones for one eared people.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at September 27, 2006 8:14 AM

Way back in Ye Olden Days of small, AM transistor radios, there was a mono earbud... I'm sure they can figure out how to do it again for us one-earred, bib-wearing people :)

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