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If you could take a high-risk experimental drug in hopes of staying young forever, would you do it?

Let's say we are really indulging in science fiction looking for the fountain of youth. And let's say that Dr. Plastico Surgeono has developed a youth drug when administered before the age of 40 could result in freezing you forever at the age at which you took the drug. Sounds great!

But not so fast! Sorry, every drug has its precautions, just listen to all the drug commercials on TV. Dr. Surgeono is still in the trial phase. There is a 50% chance that if you take this drug -- let's call it Mel Gibson's Forever Young Brand Liniment -- it might actually accelerate your aging to the point where you die like the guy at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark

Would you sign up as a trial subject?

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The late great Freddie Mercury is instructive here.  Who wants to live forever? 

*Which* guy at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark?  Makes a big difference!

I think Reckonbot confused its Indiana Jones movies here -- it's actually the guy at the end of The Last Crusade who does the rapid aging thing.

That didn't look too pleasant to me, and the prospect of living forever is a booby prize if you ask me, so I think I'd turn it down.  Ask me again in 10 years, or another 10 years after that.

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