I was watching crap tele last night. My own fault that I happened across an article about betting on the royal baby. We’ve all been involved in running a book on a baby – well I know that I have, plenty of times. Sex, time, date, weight. I even won one once. Thought I was psychic.
I have never seen such rubbish as the amount of bets people are actually putting hard earned – or easy earned or just earned – cash on the impending royal baby.
So people are betting up to 10,000 pounds on the sex of the baby, or the name of the bundle. What a grand investment! And bookies have taken literally millions of dollars worth of bets, and this in a country that is struggling?
It gets really weird from there. Apparently I could also put $10 on what the baby’s first boyfriend or girlfriend’s name will be! OK so that is really a long term investment. The hopeful blood lines have gone crazy.
I wonder what drives people to bet on such ludicrous things? I don’t believe it’s a drive for riches. A belief like lotto, or casino gambling; that here is my chance to change my life because I know that the baby is going to be a red haired girl, 5 foot 5 inches, who has braces at aged 13 and has her first kiss at aged 15 photographed by many paparazzi. No, hardly going to bring riches.
Perhaps it’s something about wanting to be a part of something special, lovely and beautiful…but my niece just had a baby and that was majorly wonderful, yet no one wanted to run a book on that.
Or perhaps it’s something that drives us to want to be a part of the beautiful people. The whole celebrity game, that lusts after someone else’s life because we are all so damn unhappy with our own lot. Putting our dollar and pounds on their lives makes us feel part of the whole thing. We can tell our grandchildren, I knew! I knew it would be a girl, a brunette, bring no good. We can feel like we matter. That we minions have a voice and we care.
The one sure thing is that once this babe is born, my life will not change one iota, and it’s a pretty good bet that the only life that will change are the actual parents….beautiful people or not. My bet is on it bringing them much joy and happiness.