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Poll: You're in a room with 100 boxes. 99 boxes contain 50,000 dollars. 1 contains an deadly explosive. How many boxes do you open? (655 votes)

0 20%
1 to 5 33%
6 to 10 15%
11 to 15 3%
16 to 20 3%
20 to 25 4%
26 to 30 1%
31 to 35 1%
36 to 40 1%
41 to 45 0%
46 to 50 4%
51 to 60 1%
61 to 70 0%
71 to 80 1%
81 to 90 1%
91 to 99 13%
#1 Posted by Legion_ (1415 posts) -

All them then. I would eat the bomb and survive.

#2 Posted by Shikon (176 posts) -

i'd open about 5 assuming its tax free? buy a house pay no more rent. live awesomely =o? i dunno

#3 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -

99. I either make it or I don't, and if I do, I know what's in that last one.

#4 Edited by mercutio123 (471 posts) -

Open one. Get $50 000. Hire a bomb detection expert. Kill him. Take the rest.

#5 Posted by Joeyoe31 (820 posts) -

I'd open like two and get out.

#6 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1856 posts) -

99. I either make it or I don't, and if I do, I know what's in that last one.

Wait, is the deadly explosive strong enough to kill me instantly? Cause then yeah, 99. If not, I would reconsider. I don't want to bleed out, that sounds horrible.

Also, I would check the weight of each box before opening it.

#7 Posted by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

Well, that really depends. What sets off the explosive? Opening it? Touching it? Moving it? Shaking it? How big is this room? Can it withstand the explosion? How many boxes of money would this one box of explosives destroy? How much time do I have? What time of day is it? What's the weather like outside? So many variables, man!

#8 Posted by MattyFTM (14417 posts) -

I assume the trigger mechanism for the bomb is opening the box? Because if you've just got explosives sat in a box with no trigger mechanism, I'd open all 100.

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#9 Edited by Lego_My_Eggo (1064 posts) -

Open enough to buy a bomb squad robot to open all the others. I get a sweet robot, fireworks and all that flu money!

#10 Edited by BeachThunder (12094 posts) -

As many as I can; I'm a completionist.

#11 Posted by Jimbo (9869 posts) -

With my luck? One of them.

#12 Edited by FluxWaveZ (19371 posts) -

0, if the one box with the explosive would explode and kill me. I don't want to take a 1% chance of me dying to get some cash.

#13 Posted by SMTDante89 (2599 posts) -

I'd push my luck and go for about 7. After that, I'm done.

#14 Posted by Clonedzero (4200 posts) -

open one. good odds you get 50k.

Pay people to open the others without telling them whats inside. keeping the profits.

BOOM! problem solved.

#15 Posted by living4theday258 (679 posts) -

20-25 that would be more than enough for me

#16 Posted by Slay3r1583 (626 posts) -

I got 99 problems but a bomb ain't one.

#17 Edited by Drebin_893 (2923 posts) -

What a great question.

#18 Posted by 5Figh (172 posts) -

none

if i got 1 good one I wouldnt be able to resist opening another one, and then another one, and then another o- none, i'd open none

#19 Edited by RollingZeppelin (2027 posts) -

None, even a 1% chance of dying is not worth the monetary reward, and each subsequent box increases your chance of being killed.

For those willing to risk more than 1% chance of dieing, here's the risk vs reward breakdown.

#20 Edited by StarvingGamer (8379 posts) -

0, I have fucking terrible luck

#21 Edited by RollingZeppelin (2027 posts) -

99. I either make it or I don't, and if I do, I know what's in that last one.

See, opening all of them is silly, you can see from the chart that you can get up to $4mil with relatively low risk, but once you get to a small number of boxes the risk skyrockets.

#22 Posted by Hailinel (25179 posts) -

I opened ninety-nine boxes but found a bomb in one.

#23 Posted by believer258 (11994 posts) -

Part of me wants to say "No, any chance on my life isn't worth it."

...but man, 50,000 dollars is a lot of money. Since this is completely hypothetical, though, I would follow this advice:

Open one. Get $50 000. Hire a bomb detection expert. Kill him. Take the rest.

Except I wouldn't kill the bomb detection expert and get put in jail, I'd be A-OK with handing him a fiver for his hard work. Then, I would pay off my college loans, buy a new car, buy a decent (not extravagant) new house, and put the rest into CD's and stuff and live off of the interest for a while.

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#24 Posted by NegativeCero (3012 posts) -

I'd go up to 5 and be done. With my luck I'd still die opening that amount.

#25 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

One hundred.

#YOLO

#26 Posted by Pachtar_Klepek (89 posts) -

ALL OF THE BOXES

#27 Posted by GnaTSoL (835 posts) -

2 boxes. 100,000 is enough to get your life to a better place. Then, once you're there, prosper and become even richer. Money opens the right doors boys. :D

#28 Posted by BisonHero (6674 posts) -
#29 Edited by SilentPredator (142 posts) -

open one. good odds you get 50k.

Pay people to open the others without telling them whats inside. keeping the profits.

BOOM! problem solved.

Yeah, but you can't trust adults. They'd take the money for themselves. Take a page out of Willy Wonka's book and get a bunch of kids to do it.

#30 Posted by Levio (1784 posts) -

That's a really tough question. I'd say 10

#31 Edited by BeachThunder (12094 posts) -

Copy and paste this into Random.org/lists and check if you're still alive.

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#32 Edited by ShaggE (6555 posts) -

Six, maybe? That's a hard question to answer. A really good one, too.

My answer would change completely if the explosive box had a chance of having a nifty hat in it instead of a bomb. I really like nifty hats.

Edit: According to @beachthunder's randomizer, I win. The bomb was #29. Yee!

Edit 2: And #3 the second time. Eep.

#33 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I open all 100 and hope for one of two things:

  1. The RNG lets me dodge that explosion.
  2. The Miracle skill kicks in.
#34 Posted by JBird (489 posts) -
#35 Edited by JackSukeru (5921 posts) -

@beachthunder: I must have pasted that in wrong because the list became a 199 items one.

...Which makes it all the sicker that "Giant Bomb" became the first item on the list, what the fuck!?

Edit: I was only gonna take one box too, SERIOUSLY!!

#36 Posted by BeachThunder (12094 posts) -

@beachthunder: I must have pasted that in wrong because the list became a 199 items one.

...Which makes it all the sicker that "Giant Bomb" became the first item on the list, what the fuck!?

If the spacing messes up, try pasting it into notepad first, then copy and paste it into random.org.

Not that it's of any use to you now, given that you're already dead.

#37 Posted by JackSukeru (5921 posts) -
#38 Edited by ZeForgotten (10397 posts) -

99 of them, with my luck the first one I open will kill me.
If that doesn't happen though then my luck has decided to pull a 180° turn so I'm set for the rest of the boxes I decided to open and I know that if I were to open the 100th box I would die.

#39 Edited by donfonzie (206 posts) -

Just 1, hoping it is the bomb.

#40 Edited by Red (5995 posts) -

4. $200,000 is a lot of money, enough to kickstart my life/pay for college. Actually, maybe 8, because then I have all of college expenses paid for and a pretty nice house. No way I would go more than that, though.

#41 Posted by Winsord (1249 posts) -

@beachthunder: Would've said I'd open 99, but I guess I'd be dead.

#42 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4690 posts) -

Probably. Any chance of dying from this is not worth it. Then again, I might open 1 given this chance.

#43 Posted by Dethfish (3686 posts) -

I'd probably go for 10. I'd probably die.

#44 Edited by insane_shadowblade85 (1473 posts) -

Consequences? Why do my actions have to have consequences? Nooooooooooo! *Drops to knees*

#45 Edited by Monkeyman04 (1152 posts) -

With my luck the first box I would choose would have the bomb.

#46 Edited by RioStarwind (563 posts) -

Zero, it's not worth the money if I have to risk my life.

#47 Posted by jiggajoe14 (746 posts) -

Where's the all 100 option? Because that is what I would do.

#48 Edited by ShaggE (6555 posts) -

99 of them, with my luck the first one I open will kill me.

If that doesn't happen though then my luck has decided to pull a 180° turn so I'm set for the rest of the boxes I decided to open and I know that if I were to open the 100th box I would die.

Or maybe your luck got worse, and decided to taunt you with fleeting victory before dropping the proverbial and literal bomb on you ten (or twenty or ninety) boxes in?

What, me a pessimist? Naaaah... :P

#49 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

I will hire school children who open the boxes for me and pay each one of them 5k.

#50 Edited by bassguy (92 posts) -

A 1% chance of death is an acceptable risk for opening a box. That's all I'd open if I had to work solely on my gut. If I had a chance to crunch the risk/reward numbers before picking, it might be higher.