In 2015, Cards Against Humanity asked people to shell out $8 a piece in return for ‘Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah’.
Here’s how the 1st five days went:
- A $1 investment into the Cards Against Humanity US Treasury Inflation Protected Securities Fund.
- 150,000 people became NPR members for a year, when the day’s money was donated to WBEZ in Chicago.
- Cards purchased an original 1962 Picasso and let the participants vote on what to do with it.
- They bought a castle in Ireland and declared all 150,000 contributors the kings of it.
Things started out kind of lame, but they took a turn for the cool – while still remaining sensible.
I mean, they did buy a castle, but it was the most sensible castle purchase I’ve ever heard of…
Each king only got to reign for a very short amount of time, and the castle used to have a live-feed that would tell you who the current king was. But now it just runs a pre-recorded loop.
What about number 6?
Well, that one was special, so I waited to tell you about it until the end.
“More special than an Irish Castle?”
Like all of the other Sensible Gifts, this was 100% real.
The workers at that factory in China had been printing out CAH cards for some time, staying with them as the company grew into a zeitgeisty behemoth.
According to the official website:
The printer didn’t have any formal procedures for paid vacations, so we bought 100% of the factory’s capacity and paid them to produce nothing for a week, giving the people who make Cards Against Humanity an unexpected chance to visit family or do whatever they pleased.
This doesn’t undo the ways that all of us profit from unfair working conditions around the world, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Many of the workers used their week off to travel. Some went fishing. Most used the opportunity to spend time with their families, time that their busy schedules wouldn’t usually allow for. One mother used the time off to hire a tutor for her daughter.
You can read more of their stories HERE.
And, oh yeah, there was also a puzzle wrapped up in the whole thing, which raised another $1,000 for charity…
All together, a pretty sweet way to spend $8.
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