As of 11:59 and 59 seconds (Pacific Time) last night, the “Drag Scalzi’s Ass to the Creation Museum” donation drive raised $5,118.36. That’s 256 times the admission price to Creation Museum, a multiple I find both amusing (from a dork point of view) and gratifying, since it means what tiny bit of income the creationists running the museum gain by having me pass through the door will be utterly swamped by the amount I’m going to send to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Would that it worked that way for every admission to that place.
For those of you who were wondering, some statistics: The first milestone for this fundraiser, the $250 to get me to go at all, got passed within the first hour of posting the challenge. The $1000 mark got passed about 12 hours later. The $5,000 marker got passed last night sometime between 6 and 11pm, while I was out on a date with my wife, celebrating our anniversary. I’m particularly pleased about hitting the $5k mark. The least amount donated was $1; the most was $300. More than one person donated more than $250, usually with the notation “Ha! Now you HAVE to go!” Multiples and variations of $6.66 were amusingly common, although the $5 suggested amount was the amount most received.
To be honest with you all, I had no idea how this thing would do, so I was intensely curious about it. To be clear, I didn’t really think there would be a problem hitting the $250 mark; there are about 25,000 daily visitors, and I figured at least 1% of you would be ready to spend a buck or two to torture me by sending me to that place. I also suspected that I’d get $1,000 over the course of a week, and probably more. My own estimate when I started was that it’d eventually clock in between $1,500 and $2,000, and if I got any more than that I would be thrilled. So, consider me doubly to triply thrilled.
As promised, everyone who has contributed will receive two special gifts: A short story and another creative thingie, to be delivered by e-mail. I’ll post notes here when I send them out, so those of you who contributed who don’t then receive the goodies may ping me, so I can get them to you. I’m all about customer service.
Also, of course, I will (sigh) soon be on my way to the Creation Museum, to view it in all its scientific silliness. Some folks have asked if I would share my intended arrival date and time, so we can congregate en mass and generally become a snarky clot of heathens. As fun as that might be, until they kicked us out, the fact of the matter is that if I’m going to do this, and I am, I want to be able to do it in reportorial mode, which means watching other people in their (heh) natural setting. Also, I don’t want them to see me coming. So, I’m going to make the trip alone, or possibly with my family. Perhaps at some other time we can do a heathen field trip, and see how long it takes us to get booted. But for now, well. You guys just shelled out five grand. I think I owe you an actual report.
Thank you again to everyone who donated, even though it means me dragging my ass down to that damn place. The amount we’ve raised for the separation of church and state is worth it. I’m glad you were motivated to shell out for the Constitution. And also, to torture me. Because, let’s face it. I know you’re looking forward to that.
Finally: Jude, you’ve won the betting pool for the final amount, with your guess of $5,002.25. E-mail me your address.