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Silver bar vs. chocolate bar--is this rigged?

logger7logger7 Posts: 7,931 ✭✭✭✭✭


This is one of Mark Dice's most popular videos.

What percentage of the population would opt for the Hershey bar?


  • ashelandasheland Posts: 22,543 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I have also wondered what happens if someone actually does want the silver…

  • rickoricko Posts: 98,724 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Naturally, one of us would opt for the silver bar... Many not versed in PM's would think the silver bar was fake (and it may be). But PM people would be willing to take the chance. I do not know what happens if one takes the silver bar (or even if anyone ever did). Cheers, RickO

  • 1630Boston1630Boston Posts: 13,770 ✭✭✭✭✭

    It doesn't take much scrutiny to see all the ways in which this video is framed to cast the average American in the worst possible light. First of all, it's edited; right off the bat, we don't know how many people actually chose the silver bar (or if Dice would have let them walk off with the bar when they did choose it), or how many people engaged him about his motives, or how many people elected not to choose, etc. We only see the ones he wants us to see: those who chose chocolate over silver.
    from https://skeptoid.com/blog/2015/07/15/about-that-silver-or-chocolate-video/

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  • WeissWeiss Posts: 9,922 ✭✭✭✭✭

    These videos have been posted here before.

    What are they trying to prove?
    If they'd made this same offer 40 or 50 years ago, would the outcome be different?
    What if they'd offered people 10 silver dollars vs. one Hershey bar? Today or 50 years ago?
    Are they standing outside a coin shop, a pawn shop, a jewelry store?
    Would you trust a stranger giving you a 10 ounce bar of silver?

    The video is obviously edited. What would keep them from editing out the people who actually opted for the silver bar?


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  • tincuptincup Posts: 4,719 ✭✭✭✭✭

    In answer to the OP's question... is it rigged? Yes and no. Mainly yes.

    I believe the ones being offered the option are real and not rigged... actual true response. HOWEVER... the overall scenario is rigged. First of all, the video is edited... you are only seeing the ones the poster wants you to see.

    The ones you don't see... I suspect if someone selects the silver... I doubt they really get the silver bar. You never actually see anyone getting the silver or gold offered. Convenient editing. Also, I'm sure the dude is selective on who he approaches for the offer to start with, and selects those that would appear to be less likely to know the value of a bar of silver.

    And of course... being offered something like this by some totally unknown dude on a street corner... are you kidding me? Who would trust a scenario like that? Is the bar fake? Is this a sting operation of some sort? Is this person dangerous?

    So, as Weiss mentioned... what are they trying to prove? Just a stupid manufactured video to attempt getting viewers.

    ----- kj
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