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Youtube/Cards Against Humanity The aformentioned hole.
# stop digging
People have donated $100,000 to a website to dig a big hole in the ground
Organisers Cards Against Humanity has not pledged to give the donations to charity, or to any cause.

STAFF AT A mischievous gaming website have raised over $100,000 to dig a “tremendous hole” as part of a Black Friday wheeze.

Last Friday Cards Against Humanity – which calls itself “a horrible game for horrible people” – set up a Holiday Hole website, in which it pledged to dig a large pit in the ground with just a backhoe in return for donations.

The website has not pledged to give the donations to charity, or to any cause.

There’s no “deeper meaning or purpose” to the hole, it adds on a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ). It also said that the hole is located at an undisclosed location “in America. And in our hearts”.

Under the FAQ heading “Why aren’t you giving all this money to charity?”, the organisers said:

Why aren’t YOU giving all this money to charity? It’s your money.

It said that as long as people keep donating, they will keep digging – but the dig ended on Sunday, according to the National Public Radio in the US.

On Sunday, Cards Against Humanity tweeted: “Hole got dug.”

Viewers could watch the proceedings live:

Cards Against Humanity / YouTube


Last weekend, Claire Friedman, a Cards Against Humanity spokeswoman, told NPR:

It’s set so time gets more expensive the longer we dig. The first dollar paid for 5.5 seconds, now it’ll only get .3.

“Basically just reflecting the longer we need to hold crew and equipment here, the more expensive it gets.”

Bull faeces

Last year Cards Against Humanity sold “nothing” for $5, and raised $70,000, which it gave to it its seven employees to spend. It listed the items they bought, including charity donations and payments against university loans.

Two years ago, it sold literal bull excrement to 30,000 people, bringing in $180,000.

Cards Against Humanity said it was not trying to discourage people from donating in order to end the hole digging.

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