A Fear of Operation
My next door neighbor had Operations when I was a kid, and she told me a lie that stuck with me for over a year. I had only seen the commercials, so I had no idea how the game really worked, so when she got it for Xmas I ran over to play with it. She was practicing and when she touched the sides she pretended that it gave her an electric shock. This terrified me and I refused to play. Her laughing as I ran home should have been a giveaway that she was faking, I guess, but I am the trusting sort.
So for a year I refused to play it and when I did finally it was only at the urging of my Mother who assured me that I would not get shocked. The first time the buzzer went off, I almost jumped out of my skin, but was relieved to not be shocked. In retrospect, I am impressed with my neighbor’s ability to keep the joke going. That was real commitment to a bit.
Nowadays, I love Operation and encourage all to play it as often as possible.
Operation [@] Amazon