Fright Club

Fear Factor, a New TV Show, Covered Contestants With Live Rats for $50,000. Worth the Anxiety?

imageNAZIMA KADIR
Age 26
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Researcher

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?No, never. I hate rats. I had one in my apartment, and when I saw it I flipped out and ran out the door. Actually, I had to go to Maryland for the weekend just to get away from it.

What's your greatest fear?It's actually rats. Just the idea of being in a room with one is horrifying. The sound, the droppings. There's a little opening beneath my sink where I fear one may be living. I haven't seen it for awhile, but I've seen droppings nearby. They have an extremely good sense of smell, which is why it's so hard to trap them. They can detect poison. The other thing is that they aren't afraid of people. I find that fact completely terrifying. My boyfriend likes to torment me by reading to me about rats.

How much money would you have to be paid to face your fear?One-hundred million dollars.


imageJOSEPH HOPKINS
Age40
Resides Queens
Occupation Audiovisual operator

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?No, ma'am.

What's your greatest fear?Fire. Being in a burning building. This once happened to me, and I ended up running down the street with my clothes on fire. When you see your skin move from your back to your front, that's something. The worst part was being in the hospital and having them peel me every day. They had to do this to get the old skin off. Thank God for morphine.

How much money would you have to be paid to face your fear?If there were safety measures in place, I might do it for a million dollars in cash. I'd be scared to death, but I might try it.


imageAMY SOHN
Age27
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Writer

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?No.

What's your greatest fear?Touching mayonnaise. I hate its consistency, and the fact that you don't have to refrigerate it until it's been opened. As a Jewish person, we don't tend to put a lot of mayonnaise in things. We prefer mustard. I agree with that Lenny Bruce routine about mayonnaise and white bread being goyish.

How much money would you have to be paid to face your fear? How much would you have to pay me to plunge my hands into a vat of mayonnaise? At least a million dollars.


imageSYRON MARTIN
Age26
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Bar owner

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?Hell, no.

What's your greatest fear?I'm afraid of flying, of being elevated like that. I feel crazy and I get riled up. I don't drink, so I can't even get through it with alcohol. I had to fly to Brazil, and I didn't sleep a minute of the 12 hours it took to get there.

How much money would you have to be paid to face your fear? I'd fly to hell for $50,000.


imageSUNNIE HOTIN
Age25
Resides Bronx
Occupation Home health attendant

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?No, absolutely not.

What's your greatest fear?Maybe I've watched too many Jaws movies, but I'm afraid of being stranded in water. A little bit of my anxiety would be the fear of drowning, but I'd also be afraid that my feet would be bitten off by a shark as I was treading water.

How much money would you have to be paid to face your fear?There's no amount of money that would make me live through that. I'd turn down $5 million in cash. Some things just can't be bought.


imageADINA SHOULSON
Age29
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Grad student

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?I'd do it for a million dollars, and only if the rats were disease-free. I saw the rat portion of that show and watched people just go into some kind of zone to get through it.

What's your greatest fear?I've always thought I would die from something related to fire or water. I'm afraid of being trapped in a burning building. I'm not a great swimmer, and I once went scuba diving and it took a lot out of me. I was very afraid that the mouthpiece to the air tanks would come out of my mouth.

How much money would you have to be paid to face your fear?You couldn't pay me enough.


imageRONNIE
Age41
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Truck driver

Would you let yourself be covered in live rats for $5OK?Hell, no. People have no morals, and they'll do anything for money. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't even want to know a person who would do something like that.

What's your greatest fear?Being helpless. I'm afraid of being in any kind of situation where I was cornered and couldn't defend myself. I've found myself in this position before, and even having trained as a boxer didn't reduce the fear. You're fighting for your life. That's all you know.

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