Randoms-Get Paid to Stay in Coffin for 30 Hrs, Music for Your DNA & More

Would you stay in a coffin for 30 hours? For $300? Halloween is quickly approaching, and to draw attention to the 30th anniversary of its “Fright Fest” celebration, Six Flags St. Louis is hosting a rather chilling challenge. The "30-Hour Coffin Challenge" is an in-park competition where six souls will have to spend 30 hours inside a coffin in the hopes of winning $300. On October 13th at 1 p.m. six contestants will close themselves in a 2-by-7-foot coffin where they will have to stay until October 14th at 7 p.m. They're each allowed one 6 minute bathroom break per hour, a pillow, a blanket, a cell phone, and a friend who can hang out outside the coffin. That friend has to leave once the park closes for the night, however. Park officials will supply contestants with meals, drinks and snacks.

The contest doesn’t specify whether the coffin will be opened or closed, but it’s likely that it will be opened or partially opened for safety reasons. According to contest rules, “If more than one contestant makes it the whole 30 hours, there will be a drawing to see who keeps the cash, but anyone who completes the task will receive two Gold Season Passes, free passes for certain Fright Fest attractions,” and they’ll get to keep their casket. If you’re brave or crazy enough to try the challenge, you need to sign up by October 3rd. (Newser)

Talk About It:

  • How much money would it take to even contemplate spending 30 hours in a coffin? 

Music for your DNA? Spotify has teamed up with Ancestry.com to create music based on your DNA. No, really. They have a playlist generator where you input the ethnicities and regions determined by your Ancestry DNA test results, and the generator will select tracks that reflect your culture. This will “encourage [Ancestry’s] audience to explore the soundtrack of their heritage,” said Danielle Lee, global head of partner solutions at Spotify. (Quartz

Is fall the new wedding season? The most popular time of year to get married has always been May and June, but according to a new report from wedding planning website WeddingWire, fall is quickly becoming the new wedding season. One in three weddings now takes place in the fall, and the three most popular wedding months are October, September and June. The reasons for the change are pretty simple: The fall color scheme is more popular now, the weather is more comfortable, and it’s less expensive to get married in the fall … at least for now. (Moneyish)

Talk About It:

  • What time of year do you prefer for weddings? Why? If you could plan your wedding all over again, what time of year would you get married? 

Swing away … According to a new study, people in open relationships have better sex lives. Researchers from York University in Toronto found that, in these relationships, there’s a “spillover” effect. Having multiple partners ends up leading to more sexual needs being fulfilled, which ends up enhancing each relationship. A win-win-win-win for all involved? (Brides)

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