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HYPERtheticals: 50 Questions for Insane Conversations Cards – June 15, 2010

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Chuck Klosterman is the "New York Times" bestselling author of seven previous books, including "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs"; "Eating the Dinosaur"; "Killing Yourself to Live"; and "The Visible Man". His debut book, "Fargo Rock City", was the winner of the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. He has written for "GQ, Esquire", "Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, "and" The Onion A.V. Club". He currently serves as The Ethicist for the "New York Times Magazine" and writes about sports and popular culture for ESPN.
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Product Details

  • Cards: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; Crds edition (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307587924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307587923
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Danny Volt on June 22, 2010
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Not as good as getting a "real" Klosterman release, but this what-if deck of cards is thought-provoking, most of them featuring Klosterman's off-the-wall wit.

It has potential for party fun, assuming your crowd includes mostly pop-culture-obsessed, half-drunk philosophers.

One downside: About half of the questions previously appeared in "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs." Readers of that book won't find as much new material. But if it has been a few years since you read SD&C, it's fun to revisit those ponderables again.

A nice tide-over until Chuck gets us another book.
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Stumbled across this product and it seemed absolutely engrossing, so me and the wife picked it up. We both find this set of 50 questions (many are not that insane) to be a lot of fun. We bring them along with us in the car and depending on the group of people we might be encountering for an evening also to parties.

One of the cards prompted my mother, my wife and myself into a rather lively debate on how far you can hold a child accountable for their actions, and whether or not the adult version of that child is to be judged based on those actions. It's a conversation that lingered for at least a couple of days as new thoughts and arguments were presented. I brought it with me to a party that included some friends who we usually play somewhat unstructured boardgames with, and thought they would have thoroughly enjoyed it, but the interest level just wasn't there. To others it reminded them of school (i don't see how that's possible).

It's a product that your either going to really enjoy or just be bored to tears with. The latter of which i don't see how it's possible. A bit of how I approach it is to at times play the devils advocate on idea's that me and my wife instantly agree on, or see eye to eye on. In this way it allows us to unravel the question a bit more, and on at least one occasion doing this made me change my mind altogether. There are layers to most questions, but more then one card features a dud, but that may just be my outlook on the question. Much is left up to interpretation and this is a good thing.

As far as the quality of the cards, that leaves something to be desired. They are thin, very thin which i guess helped to keep the cost down, just don't let any younger kids get a hold of them lest they be folded bent and torn.
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I'm a big fan of Chuck Klosterman so I bought these on a whim. First thing I was surprised about was the size. I was imagining a simple deck of cards, but these are much larger. They're pretty high quality though, which is good because I can imagine these getting pulled out over and over again throughout time.

As for the questions themselves? Awesome. Actually, I believe some of these are featured in his book "Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs", but it's nice to get a standalone collection of them. Also, if I remember correctly, the book only had 20-25 of these questions. Anyway, the cards are all ridiculous and surprisingly well thought out. The scenarios are detailed and provide just the right amount of information. Some of them are pretty basic ("Would you rather spend a year in Europe, or 10 minutes on the moon?"), some of them are more in-depth ("Would you let a gorilla play for the Oakland Raiders?"), but almost all of them can lead to some seriously heated debates.

Also - I noticed a lot of reviewers pointing out you need to read this with relatively intelligent friends. Not true at all. The cards are very easy to read with simple concepts for anyone to grasp. True, some people will be a little boring and respond with a one word answer, but just push them to explain their choices and train of thought and it can turn into a very engaging conversation.
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Great for a party or to keep in your car during long rides. Or just memorize a couple for use during dinner or awkward pauses in the conversation. This "game" will open up doors in your brain and even teach you something about yourself.
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The cards are actually very well written. Each scenario goes into enough detail, where the group of people can actually have a meaningful conversation.
Some scenarios are better than others.
You also need to have a diverse group of people to play. Playing with people who think exactly like you yields little fun.
Can be good for car rides and at home.
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These were okay, I literally only bought these because of James from The Creature Hub, there are like 6 good questions. They get really boring if you dont have someone who will actually put effort and make a conversation. I'd rather get cards against humanity instead, these just sit on my shelf gathering dust. Im sure if you have a good couple friends it'll be okay, but I'd recommend cards against humanity.
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Each one of the cards in this deck has a really interesting hypothetical to start a crazy conversation. As an example: What if you could watch a movie of your dreams, but you had to let your family and friends watch as well - would you do it?

I've had a lot of fun posing some of these questions to people I know. This is a really fun deck and would be a really great gift for the conversationally challenged.
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