Saturday, October 1, 2011

The "Fear Factor"

    Shortly after Zeke died, I went through a phase where I wanted to sky dive, bungee jump, climb without ropes--even read banned books--the list goes on. I can't say that year wasn't fun, although it was definitely filled with danger even for my literary mind!
    At one point, I needed more thrills to get my mind from the pain.  
That's when Cade and I tried out for:
   Do you remember that show?  People could try to win loads of money, as long as they were brave enough.  They'd swim with sharks, tame snakes, eat a cow's liver!!!
    Here's a picture from the actual show:
   Anyway, Candiss from "Through the Wringer" helped me make a vlog to talk about this.
   Here's her link if you have time to check her out.  She has an AMAZING writing blog.

    SO, this is the vlog about "Fear Factor."
(I've included the dialogue below in case it's hard to hear.)

Elisa:  We're here to tell you about "Fear Factor."

Candiss:  It's a crazy, weird show that isn't on the air anymore.  So, we figured we'd tell you a little bit about it.  For money, they make people do things they normally wouldn't want to do: eating weird things, letting scorpions crawl on you, jumping off of buildings.

Elisa:  All the good stuff.  So, Cade and I decided we wanted to do it.  We thought for sure we would win because we're gutsy like that.  
    Well, it was shortly after our son passed away.  We made a video to try out.  Cade played the guitar.  I played the violin.  We each gave a speech and it's terrible, but I was a bit out of it after Zeke passed away.  So, at the end of my speech, I got serious and said, "My son just died.  I feel like I've lost everything.  I'm not afraid of death!"

Candiss:  Wow! You can't get more bold than that.

Elisa:  I didn't add that I'd eat anything, but I'm sure I would for $50,000!

Candiss:  Yeah, I'd probably eat anything for $50,000, but you couldn't push me out of a plane for a million.

Elisa:  Even rocky mountain oysters?

Candiss:  Ummm . . . Yeah.  

Elisa:  Oh, but the whole thought of them, that would be hard.  That's a little nasty.
    Anyway, so at the end of the try-out video, Cade turned the camera off and said, "Why did you say that?"
    I just looked at him and said, "Because it shows I'm the girl for them.  And I wouldn't be pansy girl, whining that I couldn't do it."

Candiss:  Yeah, so did you get on?

Elisa:  Ummm . . . no.

Candiss:  So?  It didn't show you were the girl for them.  It showed you were a liability?

*Outrageous laughter from both of us.*

Elisa:  I also love how all these years later, Cade's still blaming me for that last line, saying it's why we didn't get on the show. 
    But you know what?  What were we going to do with $50,000.00 anyway.  Spend it?

Candiss:  Right, who wants $50,000.00?  Enough of that "Fear Factor" crap.

Elisa:  I wanted to ask the people watching this though: 
    Would you have let me on "Fear Factor"?  And would you ever eat rocky mountain oysters?


  1. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER would I go on FEAR FACTOR!!! The contestants were crazy--& so were the people who thought up the stunts. I wonder who tried out the stunts before they put them on TV? Can you even imagine having the job of seeing how well the stunts worked out?

  2. haha for the right amount of money I'd do most anything, of course there would be some limits. I guess for 50 grand I'd suck back the oysters and forget about my ocd for a while..haha

    Oh and you might have another chance to get on too, as back in June nbc announced Fear Factor was coming back in fall 2011. Not sure if they went through with it or not though.

  3. Fishducky and Pat,
    I know you'd both make the perfect contestants! We could all try out together *giggles.* I promise I'll leave out that *winning* last line :0)
    Fishducky--just think about it LOL!

  4. Don't think they take Canadians haha

  5. LOL..I can say, with all certainty, that I couldn't eat the Rocky Mountain Oysters. stomach is so weak when it comes to stuff like that. I used to love that show, and I definitely could've done all the physical stuff like tightrope walking, skydiving, etc...but no snakes, spiders or ingesting a bull's uh...marbles...hehe

  6. No and no. I would not let you on Fear Factor and I would not eat the oysters. Adorable little Elisa doesn't belong on some crazy show and I don't have to prove anything with oysters.


  7. If I really needed to get a quick $50,000, it would be easier to kill my husband for the insurance!

  8. I would never get on that show because they would make me do something that is disgusting, like eating rocky mountains oysters, yuk. For 50,000 though I would let you get on the


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  10. I don't think everyone knows about 'Rocky Mountain Oysters'. These 'oysters' are the castrated testicles of bulls (or pigs). These bloodied testicles are soaked in salt water, rinsed, breaded, and fried.
    We ate these on the farm, thinking nothing of it. Let me know what your readers say, okay?!
    Love ya'!

  11. no elisa! feeling giddy at the thought of rocky mountain oysters!:)
    the indian version of fear factor is still on the air.kind of interesting to watch.
    wonderful post btw.. :)
    happy weekend

  12. LOL. I would let you on fear factor. It would be so fun to watch ;D

  13. Yes to you, no to the oysters...that show completely grossed me out! You are a fearless woman-I like that!

  14. Firstly, NO, I could never do Fear Factor...although I watched it so Secondly, because of Fear Factor, I can't see those skinny, ruffled, knitted scarves without thinking it looks like a pig's uterus. Thirdly, you have to see this video about the Testicle Festival which is basically a rocky mountain oyster festival but the best part is at 1:05 when the founder of the festival describes the taste!!!