One time when I was drunk, and therefore vulnerable, a group of my friends made me eat a spoonful of vegemite for only $3. Okay, to tell the truth, I proposed the bet, and $3 was the most I could drum up (including a measly $1 from the only Australian contingent, who deserves to have paid more, knowing full well what happens when a person is drunk and involved in a vegemite eating contest). Maybe there’s some reason to the slogan “made in Australia, by Australians, for Australians,” because my digestive track sure isn’t optimized for processing a spoonful of the tasty yeast excrement. I vowed never to be so stupid while drunk again.
This weekend I found myself on familiar territory, asking a similarly inebriated audience how much it was worth for me to take one (1) bite out of the largest onion I’d ever seen. Onions, unlike vegemite, are something that I quite enjoy, but despite the fact that I worked the crowd for more than $15, I stepped down, proving that humans, like dogs, can learn from their experiences. Of course, I’m aware that there are some negative examples as well.