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  • Talk About Jaded

    Posted by James R. Rummel on February 28th, 2010 (All posts by )

    I came across this rather odd news article a little while ago. “Ultimate Thrill: Get Abducted For $1,226“.

    Well heeled executives in France are paying big money to a company that arranges faux kidnappings. It seems that the thrills of bungee jumping and alpine skiing have faded, and adrenaline junkies with more money than sense are looking to add a little spice to their life.

    After the contracts and liability waivers are all signed, and I suppose the check has cleared, the kidnapping kompany will lie in wait, lurking until the best time to strike! That way the surprise and emotions are at their most fevered.

    A spokesperson for the firm which arranges these hijinks goes all psychobable in an attempt to justify the service. The clients are facing their worst fears in a controlled setting, hence it is good for their mental health!

    I loved this part….

    While paying “victims” might find the experience cathartic, however, there’s little guarantee of how innocent bystanders might react to witnessing a kidnapping in broad daylight.”

    For some reason, I don’t see an American version of the company having too much success if they set up shop in Texas.

    (Cross posted over at Hell in a Handbasket.)


    7 Responses to “Talk About Jaded”

    1. Michael Kennedy Says:

      Seeing attempted kidnappers gunned down by armed American citizens might be more catharsis than they can handle. That degree of catharsis is called diarrhea.

    2. Tatyana Says:

      on the contrary, I think the customers will get max value for their buck…with bonus street fire.

    3. Shannon Love Says:

      Since IIRC 1 in every 50 Texans has a concealed carry license, fake kidnappers would face a non-trivial risk that any random bystander would be armed and would have legal authorization to use lethal force to prevent what would appear to all reasonable observers as a felony crime presenting a substantial risk of lose of life.

      See, this is why Texans hunt. It keeps our economic elites from getting so board they go squarely.

    4. Shannon Love Says:

      Squirrelly, I meant squirrelly. They’re already pretty square.

    5. setbit Says:

      Life imitates “art” —

    6. Anonymous Says:


      When I first read your correction, I thought you were saying your mistake was saying they would get “squire-ly”.


      There’s even more art for life imitate in this area.

    7. Richard Says:

      Does this underscore that “Inspector Clouseau” was a spot-on satire of the French “mind”?