Example #7

“When I was 12, I was gifted a pack of seaweed chips by a friend. A big, fuck-off pack. I hated them – I’m pretty sure they were stale to boot – but didn’t want to take them home or waste them, so I walked up to my group of friends (20 or so kids) and made a big deal of opening the chips, eating one and going in for another ravenously, like it was the best tasting thing in the world.

“These chips are addictive! Anyone else want one?” I handed one to my most suggestible friend. She immediately confirmed they were addictive and begged me for a second.
I acted hesitant, but then said it’d be best if we all shared. Everybody got one to begin with. I’d expected maybe a few more kids to be as suggestible and then they’d divvy up the rest amongst themselves while the rest of us would dry-heave in repulsion.

But nah, everybody – every single goddamn one of my friends – decided these chips were the best things in the world.

Long story short, it turned into a Lord of the Flies situation. Kids began fighting, a girl got slapped in the eye by some guy and cried. The bag tore, spilling the chips. A bunch of kids ate them off the floor. I’d originally been planning to reveal I’d been joking about them being addictive but I was so disgusted /awed by their response that I didn’t say anything.

Until now.“

Example #8
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