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Doing the Jack Bauer Math

There are a couple of different ways to break down the $10,000 prize that three contestants each won at the Hollywood Highlands shopping mall complex for sitting in a tent and consecutively watching a huge chunk of the 192 episodes of the Kiefer Sutherland doomsday action drama 24. Competitors got a five-minute break every hour and stopped once they had surpassed the previous world record of 86 straight TV hours.

The trio’s shared record-breaking time of 86 hours and seven minutes translates to roughly 108 episodes of 24. With each episode covering a day-in-the-crime-fighting-life of Jack Bauer, that’s 2,592 total fake hours. On that scale, the hourly Bauer wage works out to $3.85. Not much of a stipend really given the effort he puts out to keep us from getting detonated.

On the other hand, if you attack the contest from the real-time quotient as reported by the LA Times‘ “Hero Complex” blog, it averages out to a much more reasonable stipend of $116.14 an hour. All in the name of promoting the upcoming December 14th DVD release of the complete series.

Who says there aren’t any good jobs left in LA?

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