Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984, which means that his high school ten year reunion is right around the corner. Perhaps he’s worried that he’ll run out of things to talk about. “Yeah, we know you invented Facebook,” his former classmates will say skeptically. “But what have you done lately?” Or perhaps, when you’ve achieved unthinkable fortune by the time most of your peers are getting their first real office jobs, you need some new challenges to keep you sharp. Whatever the reason, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to undertake a new personal challenge every year. Last year it was learning Mandarin. This year, Mark Zuckerberg’s personal challenge is to only eat meat from that which he has killed himself. (This may or may not include Myspace.)
“I started thinking about this last year when I had a pig roast at my house,” said Zuckerberg in an e-mail to Fortune magazine. “A bunch of people told me that even though they loved eating pork, they really didn't want to think about the fact that the pig used to be alive. That just seemed irresponsible to me. I don't have an issue with anything people choose to eat, but I do think they should take responsibility and be thankful for what they eat rather than trying to ignore where it came from.”
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Mark Zuckerberg’s first kill was reportedly a lobster, which he considered an emotionally difficult experience before boiling it alive. (We’re imagining him looking at his own hands in disbelief, as if in a movie.) "The most interesting thing was how special it felt to eat it after having not eaten any seafood or meat in a while," said Zuckerberg about his experience eating the lobster. Since then, he has moved upward to such feats as consuming a chicken’s heart and slaughtering a pig and goat (and then posting about it on Facebook, natch). Zuckerberg has expressed an interest in going hunting next.
There are only two ways this can go. Best case scenario: Mark Zuckerberg learns the true value of life, and becomes a more compassionate human being from the experience. Worst case scenario: Mark Zuckerberg develops a taste for blood and uses his amassed wealth to become a diabolical supervillain of comic book proportions. Given his good-intentioned motivations, we can only hope for the former rather than the latter.