Cards Against Humanity Might Shred This Picasso
150K subscribers will vote to donate or destroy
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2015 12:17 PM CST
Happy Hanukkah?   (Cards Against Humanity)

(Newser) – Should Pablo Picasso's "Tete de Faune" be donated to a museum or cut up into tiny pieces? The decision rests with fans of Cards Against Humanity—the game that's managed to get people to spend their hard-earned cash on poop and, well, nothing at all. With some of the $2.25 million received from 150,000 subscribers who signed up for the company's "Eight Sensible Gifts for Hanukkah" promotion—which included the gift of a one-week paid vacation for workers at the Chinese factory where Cards Against Humanity is made—the company purchased the 1962 Picasso linocut known in English as "Head of a Faun" and decided to host a "social experiment," report CNET and the Verge. It asked the subscribers to vote on whether the work should be donated to the Art Institute of Chicago or cut into 150,000 pieces so each subscriber can have their "own scrap of a real Picasso."

Should fans choose the latter option, each scrap of the linocut—one of an edition of 50, likely worth about $22,000, per the Chicago Tribune—will measure 1.5mm, the company says. Subscribers will vote from Dec. 26 until New Year's Eve. So far Cards Against Humanity founder Max Temkin has kept his lips sealed about whether he'll actually follow through with the stunt. But the company did something awfully similar last year, giving a square foot of an island to each of 250,000 fans who signed up for its "Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa" campaign. While subscribers weigh their decisions, Temkin and partners are busy working on another game, Secret Hitler, which just wrapped up a $1.2 million Kickstarter campaign, per the Tribune. Players are assigned political identities and attempt to enact supporting policies while keeping their identities secret. It's expected to ship to 30,000 backers in April. (There's also this sex game.)