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October 13th, 2000

The Faux Wallet

On the Fourth of July, I was walking back to my car after watching fireworks and saw this on the ground:


I thought somebody had dropped their wallet, so I picked it up. And, yes, I was fooled, for it was just cardboard made to look like a wallet with money sticking out of it (even when opened up, it appeared to have credit cards and everything). It folded open into four panels and had a series of ten questions:

  1. If this was a real wallet, packed with real money, would you: A. Keep it? B. Take it to the police? C. Give some of the money to the poor?
  2. You have been underpaid for years. There’s a BIG mistake in your paycheck for your advantage, would you: A. Tell the boss? B. Keep quiet? C. Give some to a church?
  3. If telling a white lie would save a friend’s job, would you: A. Tell the truth? B. Act dumb? C. Lie?
  4. Do you consider yourself to be a “good” person? A. Yes. B. No.
  5. Have you ever told a lie for any reason (including “fibs” and “white” lies–be honest)? A. Yes. B. No.
  6. Have you ever stolen somthing–irrespective of its value (listen to your conscience)? A. Yes. B. No.
  7. Would you consider a person who admits that they are a liar and a thief, to be a “good” person? (mysteriously, no A or B choices here)
  8. Who do you think will enter Heaven? A. Those who say they are good when they are not? B. Liars and thieves? C. Those whom God has forgiven and cleansed of sin?
  9. Did you realize that the Bible warns that thieves, liars, fornicators (those who have had sex out of marriage), idolaters (those who create a god to suit themselves), adulterers, and the covetous (the greedy), will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven?
  10. I won’t even attempt to enter question #10 — it’s as long as the other 9 questions combined and isn’t really a single question, but a half-dozen questions followed by a long religious diatribe
*shrug* My answers:
  1. Um, how about calling the owner?
  2. I’d say A as those things always come back to bite you in the arse.
  3. Chances are if it takes a white lie to save someone’s job, they’re doing something a little worse than a white lie would help.
  4. A
  5. A — has anyone ever not lied?!
  6. B
  7. Yes (since there’s no A/B choice)
  8. All of the above
  9. I believe he means “those have had sex outside of marriage”… and don’t most people create a god to suit themselves? That’s kind of the idea, I think.
And, of course, there was a web site printed on the faux-wallet: You can find out more specifically about the wallet (and order 100 of them for $10!) here. -ram

Posted in Just Plain Odd

FROM: Terry Murphy
DATE: Friday October 13, 2000 -- 1:29:19AM
I believe some re-evaluation of #6 may be in order.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday October 13, 2000 -- 9:06:12AM
Hm. I guess if you consider sampling stealing, then yeah, I'm a regular criminal. ;)

Yeah, I probably have stolen something... but I couldn't tell you what...

FROM: Monkey Boy
DATE: Friday October 13, 2000 -- 10:26:32AM
Ryan... you stole my heart. Doesn't that mean anything to you?

FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday October 13, 2000 -- 11:20:22AM
I was going to put my answers until I saw the ones about Heaven. As an atheist, I'll just leave a bunch of "n/a"s.

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law."
--Aleister Crowley

FROM: Old Fezziwig
DATE: Friday October 13, 2000 -- 11:35:27AM
Maybe this question should be added:
10. Will people who litter our streets with these cardboard wallets go to Heaven? A. Yes B. No

My answer = B.


FROM: Robert
DATE: Friday October 13, 2000 -- 2:45:32PM
Let's hear it for the fornicators!

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:51:37 pm

FROM: kk
DATE: Monday July 3, 2006 -- 11:16:44 am
how long would it take to return it?

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