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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 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From first read, the cards can seem like very simple topics of conversation.
S. Kosloske
These are entertaining if you like to stay up in the wee hours of the night talking while drinking with friends like Socrates in a bar.
Jason
Hypertheticals is very fun and creative cards game, with a nice package and design, good quality. most of the questions are so clever.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful 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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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By David Stutzbach on January 16, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ivygirl22 on June 18, 2011
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I read Klosterman's book for a project and found that the questions interlude made for great conversations with my friends!! So I bought this for my friend's graduation present and we spent a good while discussing our opinions! Fantastic product!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Adam D on January 12, 2012
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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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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Kosloske on April 3, 2014
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I don't want to sound snooty/snobby, but this set really tells you which of your friends are capable of Critical Thinking. From first read, the cards can seem like very simple topics of conversation. But there are so many options/variables to consider in each one, you'll learn a lot about your own ability to think on your own, as well as your friends. It will lead to very interesting conversations. And a few arguments.

You can use these for "breaking the ice" at parties, or just as interesting topics for conversation among friends you've known for years.
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By MJ on December 30, 2014
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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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By ZG on August 30, 2010
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The discussions I've had since getting these cards are amazing. I've really learned things about my friends that I never knew and it has proved to be very insightful.
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Chuck Klosterman is a New York Times bestselling author and a featured columnist for Esquire, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, and has also written for Spin, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Believer, and ESPN.

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