The world’s first test facility for thrills and excitement

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Back in the 90s, Baz Luhrmann released a track called ‘Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen’. The song includes some of the most reasonable, motivating and thought provoking lines ever to be featured in a song. One of which, stuck in my head for years, and still to this day crops up every now and again…

“Do one thing, everyday, that scares you”.

Until now there hasn’t really been a reason for it, and why would you want to scare yourself everyday?

Well it seems that many of us men in the UK between 18 and 35 are actually bored the vast majority of the time. According to premium online casino Maria Casino, almost 50% of men in that age group in the UK are bored, even when they factored in TV, mobile phones and the endless resource of information and entertainment available on the internet.

50 % of men apparently feel bored
50 % of men apparently feel bored

With that information in mind, their mission was to turn boredom, into thrill. The first part of the mission was to actually figure out what boredom is. In order to solve something so complicated, much like everything in life, you must understand it, on some level or other.

A thrill can be placed down to a simple human response to stress, and the best way to experience a short-term thrill is to enter the body into state of fight or flight, which then allows you to adapt and overcome.

The next step for the team at the casino was to find out the most effective way of putting the human body and mind into that particular state, at any given time. So what better way to do it, than create the world’s first test facility for thrills.

Patrick Bateman enjoys some bugs down his top during an experiment
Patrick Bateman enjoys some bugs down his top during an experiment

They placed four test subjects in a very scary looking warehouse, and wired them up to measure their total increase in respiration, blood pressure and heart rate during a variety of extremely stressful experiments.

It was expected that the highest point of stress would be during one of the tests, especially with spiders crawling up their legs and a cannon shooting flour into their faces. This did work, however there was actually something that caused the measured rates to go higher than anything else. You can watch the video below to find out what happened:

If you didn’t watch the video then you won’t have seen that it’s the actual waiting around that raised everything to the highest level. The anticipation of the event became the most intense and thrilling part of the experiments.

So for the 50% of you that’s bored the majority of the time, why not test your nerves and see if you can handle the anticipation and thrill of putting yourself in a high-pressure situation such as a roll of a dice, or a pair of aces in your (digital)hand.

Remember to gamble responsibly, and be aware of what your bank balance will look like if you’re not approaching it correctly. If you need help, advice, or need to look into further detail about spending money in an online casino, you can go to the GambleAware site.

This post is sponsored by Maria Casino, however the opinions are of the author.