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


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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: 1.1 x 4.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

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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52 of 54 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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25 of 27 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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6 of 6 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andi on December 31, 2012
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the questions are fun the cards are nice, but this is not a game to be played with just any group - must have a fairly intelligent, well-spoken group.
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3 of 4 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on November 17, 2012
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I bought these way back in early 2010, though I can't remember why I bought them, I'm glad I did.

There's no right or wrong answers to these questions, and its not about what you're answer is, it's how you get to that answer. I've asked these questions to people I've known for years, and came to learn things about them I probably never would have otherwise. I keep these cards out where they're easy to be seen, and its started many conversation with people I sometimes hardly even know. The questions are different, and interesting.

I would strongly recommend this to anyone who quickly tires of the surface-level stuff most people talk about, who likes thinking about things outside the box, or who just wants ways to get to know people better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Angel on October 10, 2011
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These were just what I expected. It takes a lot of the ridiculous hypotheticals from some of Klosterman's books as well as some altogether new questions and puts them onto fun, easily accessible cards. I bring these on road trips and they really help pass the time. Plus, you'll find out interesting things about your friends. I would recommend these to any Kosterman fans.
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1 of 1 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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