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Date Posted: 17:19:37 05/06/02 Mon
Author: Tweety
Subject: If this story was covered here I missed it.....

Living life at the "click" of a dice
Thu May 2,10:21 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - They've posed nude, given up their jobs and sold their houses and cars -- all because Internet users told them to.

Five ordinary Britons, two men and three women, handed important daily decisions to a potential Internet jury of 12.7 million people for 15 days in a bid to win 10,000 pounds.

A competition run by Internet news portal MSN.co.uk came to an end on Thursday with 300,000 web users taking part in its biggest ever online poll to vote Scot, John Duncanson, the winner.

Each day the contestants had put various options on any given problem to the Internet community on the website www.liveyourlife.msn.co.uk, and agreed to act on the outcome they voted for.

Duncanson was instructed to pay money he owed to an ex-girlfriend, quit his job, sell his house, and sail alone with his father to the Spanish island of Gran Canaria to start a new life.

The idea was inspired by Luke Rhinehart's bestselling book "The Dice Man", the story of a man who gives up his control of life to the dice, and follows the worldwide success of reality TV show "Big Brother."

Amongst the life-changing decisions given to the other participants were that stockbroker Nik Jones, a mother of three from northern England, should dye her hair pink, sell her beloved house and car, and learn to ride a motorcycle.

Clare Perkins, 27, from London, was told to date her boss's friend and pose nude for a modelling session.

"The decisions made were incredibly brave and it is great to see the Internet having such an impact on people's lives," said Tracy Blacher, MSN's marketing manager.


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