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February 6, 2013

#1170: Bridge


[[A teenager stands talking to a parent off-screen.]]

Parent: No, you can’t go.

Teenager: But all my friends-

Parent If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?

Teenager: Oh Jeez. Probably.

Parent: What!? Why!?

Teenager Because all my friends did. Think about it - which scenario is more likely:

Teenager: Every single person I know, many of them levelheaded and afraid of heights, abruptly went crazy at exactly the same time… … or the bridge is on fire?

Parent: … I, uh… hmm.

Teenager: Imagine reading this on CNN: “Many fled their vehicles and jumped from the bridge. Those who stayed behind…” Is something good about to happen to those people?

Parent: Maybe they’ll find cookies?

Teenager: OK, you stay. I’m jumping.