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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

$1,200 Stimulus Check Exact Amount Required to Build a Guillotine, Apparently

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 4:16 PM

click to enlarge What a weekend project! - STEPHANIE ROGERS / FLICKR

Spring has sprung! It's finally beautiful outside again, sunny and temperate, and seeing as how absolutely everything everywhere is closed on account of a global pandemic, you've probably already gotten caught up on all the yard work you could possibly do. Now what?

Might we suggest getting started on a new project? Specifically: Maybe you should build a guillotine!

A marvel of engineering that is nevertheless within the crafting capabilities of your average Joe, a guillotine is a device that has many purposes, from slicing baguette sandwiches in half, as St. Louis' own Earthbound Beer did recently for a Bastille Day celebration, or also for, er, very effectively registering one's dissatisfaction with a ruling elite, as the people of 18th century France learned shortly after the actions that led to the celebration of Bastille Day in the first place.

But how could one afford the materials for such a fun home project in these days of belt tightening and pandemic? Money is tight, people are increasingly unemployed and our economy is rapidly grinding to a halt in the face of coronavirus and the lockdowns that have ensued to slow its spread. Where is the cash for this project going to come from?

Luckily our country's own wise and benevolent leaders have seen fit to cut the vast majority of us a check for $1,200 in an effort to stimulate the economy. And in a stroke of luck for the fan of the homemade guillotine, that just so happens to be the exact amount the internet says it would cost to build one.

Don't take our word for it; see for yourself:

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The dollar amount comes from a 2012 Vice article headlined What's the Best Way to Execute Evildoers?, and it claims that the cost of a guillotine is exactly the amount our own caring government leaders have deemed us able to receive in this time of need.

"Building a guillotine costs around $1,200, lumber and hardware tools included," the article states. "Add a few bucks to that if you want to pimp it out with paint, a pad for the chopping bed, and a basket to catch the head."

Not that we'd actually be using it to catch any heads or anything!! This is just meant to be a fun project, not a tool for the people to use against a corrupt ruling class, as was the case in France. Our own federal governmental response to this current pandemic is obviously going great — we're currently number 1 in the world as far as confirmed cases are concerned (being number 1 is good right? USA! USA!). What grievance could we even need redressed?

Meanwhile in the private sector, the world's richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who averages about $230,000 in earnings per minute, was kind enough to launch a crowdfunding campaign asking the public to pitch in money to help his workers, who for whatever confusing reason are currently striking (how ungrateful).

Meanwhile, on the state level, Missouri officials helpfully reassured us all during a press briefing just today that though they're still not going to put the state on official lockdown as nearly every other state in the nation has — including fucking Florida, for fuck's sake — and as health experts have begged them to do, they are "constantly reevaluating and looking at all possible options." See, they're looking out for us!

No, this has nothing to do with any of that. This is just a fun project to keep us occupied at home while our caring overlords continue to do what's best for us.


Daniel Hill was the RFT's music editor until he was laid off two weeks ago, and now he just refuses to leave, so no amount of complaining about this article will get him fired because he already was. Follow him on Twitter at @rftmusic.
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