A professional gambler by trade, and the sort of guy who will do almost anything for money, Brian Zembic gained a reputation for taking on crazy proposition bets, usually as a result of hanging around a group of people who had far too much money and weirdly overactive imaginations. So while everyone else on this list subjected himself to a weird stunt due to some powerful impulse or deeply personal crusade, Zembic's life is a continuing string of different stunts, all done for cash.
For instance, one bet included strapping $20,000 of his own money around his ankles while he spent a night in Central Park. Another involved sleeping in a cardboard box on the street outside his local backgammon club; another involved living in a bathroom for a week while his friends would take regular dumps just to piss him off.
"How can they have Taco Tuesday and Thursday?"
These, while challenging and definitely stupid in their own right, pale in significance when presented with the bet to end all bets. A friend offered Zembic $100,000 to do one very specific thing -- to go under the knife and receive implants to boost his somewhat flat chest to a very curvy and freakish looking 38C -- and keep them in for a whole year.
Zembic, having long ago decided that a "regular job" was not for him, actually took his friend up on the offer and went through with it. And we haven't even come to the best part yet: It's a decade later and he still hasn't taken them out, despite being offered more money to do so.
There aren't words ...
Swapping money for dignity has served Zembic well so far, but it hasn't always been straightforward, as carrying a pair of boobs brings with it some unwanted side effects. To appear somewhat normal, he has to tape them down and wear spandex tops under his clothes, and he can't go jogging without having them tightly secured in a sports bra. Worst of all has to be in dealing with airport security, who quite rightly become suspicious of the guy who is clearly "packing" something extra.
"They didn't even buy me dinner first."
Today Zembic is mulling a new bet: $50,000 to go under the knife again to go up a cup size, or $10,000 to take them out completely ... and he's having a hard time deciding. We would make some joke about how insane that is, but we realize how many of the males out there are already thinking they'd happily take the implants for 50 grand. Hey, make some calls. There's apparently a market for it.
When Jamie isn't trying to break his own world records, he can be found over at Psycholocrazy, where he likes rambling about time vs. money, among other things.
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