Unreal Reality Show Concepts

I had planned to post about the upcoming British reality show Bestseller. Think American Idol for hopeful novelists. Or, more accurately, Pop Idol. But then I read about the Dutch program Big Donor Show, where a terminally ill woman with an inoperable brain tumor will select a contestant to receive one of her kidneys after hearing pleas from their families.

Outrage has predictably ensued, and one politician is trying to get the show yanked. But let's not debate the merits and morality of this particular program. Instead, let's try to top the shock factor by coming up with even crazier ideas. I'll get us started.

"¢ Death row inmates compete against one another in beer pong; each week's winners have their sentences commuted to life in prison.

"¢ High school seniors have their college applications reviewed by a CSI-like team. Did you really spend six hours a week volunteering through the Latin National Honor Society? If not, you're rejected. People with the most accurate resumes, regardless of merit, are accepted. Losers repeat twelfth-grade.

Your turn...

(Also, here are some other ridiculous reality show ideas that actually aired. Via The BBC.)

"¢ There's Something About Miriam
Six men were invited to spend several weeks wooing an attractive woman. Oh, they later found out the woman was a transsexual.

"¢ Space Cadets
They thought they had blasted off into space from a cosmonaut training camp in Russia -- but in fact, they were stuck in a fake spaceship in a warehouse in Suffolk.

"¢ Who's Your Daddy?
It must have seemed a good idea to the Fox network at the time -- take people who were adopted, put them before a line-up of strangers and ask them to pick their real father.

Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese

An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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