Sunday, April 11, 2010

one million dollars

You are given a gift of 1 million dollars (kindly adjust for currency in your location). There are some restrictions on how you can spend some of the money, as follows:

$100,000 must be donated to charity. What charities will you support?

$100,000 must be given to one person that you know. To whom do you give it? What would you expect him/her to do with it? Would you put any restrictions on its use? Would it make a difference if you could make the donation anonymously?

$100,000 must be given to someone who has recently been in the news. Who gets it? Why?

$100,000 must be spent on a public beautification project. You can build a park, commission artwork, etc. What do you do, and where do you do it?

$100,000 must be spent on a memorial to someone/something that you have loved and lost. What form does the memorial take? Who is it for?

$50,000 must be spent studying something you have not formally studied. What will you study?

$50,000 must be spent establishing a scholarship. What's it for and who will you name it for?

$50,000 must be given away in a contest. What kind of contest do you hold?

$200,000 must be spent doing as many things as you can on your "lifetime to do list." Always wanted to see Alaska? Take a boat trip on the Rhine? What things would you do first?

That leaves you with $150,000 of mad money. If the rules say you can't spend that money on things that might be termed "practical," what do you buy on your spending spree?


The $100,000 for chraity would be split among several charities. I would research charities to find ones that support children, mentally ill, people who cannot afford their medical bills, and food banks.

I would give $100,000 to my mom to pay off any bills, fix up the house for grandma and so she could take the kids on the vacation she's always dreamed of. I would not put any restictions on its use and I would only expect in return that she include me on the vacation.

For the person in the news who would get $100,000 I would give it to whatever child is local and extremely ill and who's family cannot afford to pay the medical bills etc. It would be for the child as well as the entire family because they need someone to step up and help them in some way or another to get through an incredibly difficult time in their lives.

For the $100,000 toward a public beautification project I would give it to a local library so they could make the library more appealing and get the publics attention so they can encourage people to read and use all the many other services libraries offer.

The $100,000 in memorial would be in meffypoo's name. I would want the money to be used to bring awareness and help those who have both physical and mental illnesses. Music would play a major part in the memorial.

With the $50,000 study money I would probably take a variety of different subjects in order to find something that I can actually be successful in. I wouldn't even know where to really start though since I've majorly failed at everything.

The $50,000 scholarship fund would be named for my mom and would help adults, especially parents, go back to school that aren't usually able to benefit from scholarships.

For the $50,000 given in a contest I would split the money between several winners who find the best ways to help people in need, and show the world that anyone can help others.

With the $200,000 to use on my "lifetime to do list" I would take my brother and visit every Disney theme park in the world.

With the $150,000 "mad money" I think I would have a hard time using it in un-practical ways. I'm a very practical type of person. There are so many practical things I wish for that using the money in what I would think of as wasteful ways would be difficult. Perhaps I would buy my way into Club33 at Disneyland though.