a quiz with a question

I will be the first to admit that a single question cannot sum up your entire personality. To do this, you need at least three or four questions. They should also appear on the pages of Cosmo.

For a question on the Internet, however, I find this instructive.

Here is the idea. I’ll give you a single lottery ticket. You get a price of N dollars with a probability of 1 / N. The twist: You can choose the value of N.

What do you choose

Without correct answers – after all, each ticket has an expected value of $ 1 – the game acts as a kind of personality test. Do you prefer security or risk? How risky are you going to go

In the past, I have collected over 700 responses that revealed four basic and highly scientific personality types:

Rational killjoys (about 1 in 3 people). You choose N = 1 and take a lottery ticket that pays a guaranteed $ 1. I can’t tell if these people are smart or boring. Maybe cunning is boring. Still, I admire Jessamyn Dukes’ logic: “Given the joy I get when I find a dollar from my past in my pocket,” Jessamyn explained, “I choose N = 1. Guaranteed free dollar and tiny serotonin surge? Sold.”

Seeker of small adventures (about 1 in 4 people). You choose N between 1 and 1000. It is not money to quit your job with. just enough to make the game fun. “That would be enough to really have fun winning,” said Julie Wright, “but the odds are at least a little believable.”

Dreaming debtor (about 1 in 5 people). They choose N between 1000 and 1,000,000 and often hope for a certain and life-changing amount of money. Kevin Weatherwalks, for example, picked N = 60,000 and called it a “Freeroll For A Chance To Cancel My Student Debt”.

Lovers of large numbers (about 1 in 5 people). You choose N greater than a million and effectively choose a regular lottery ticket – or in some cases an exceptional lottery ticket with a 1000 times higher payout and 1000 times longer chance of winning. “I will play at the maximum level,” one promised.

As for me? It depends on my mood. Most of the time I’m a killjoy, but every now and then I might choose N = 1 trillion just to hold the current possibility of wealth beyond my imagination …

… Until it collapses to nothing with a probability of 99.9999999999%.


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