The makers of a politically incorrect party game have proven that big hearts lie underneath their boisterous humor.
According to NextWeb, Cards Against Humanity announced a $70,000 donation to the Wikimedia Foundation, which funds the popular online resource Wikipedia. The sum amounts to all of the profits from a holiday promotion.
To play the game, someone draws a black question card while other group members each choose from 10 answer cards to create a funny or offbeat response. Whoever produces the winning combination receives a point for that round.
For example, "What helps Obama unwind?" might be answered with "Aaron Burr" or "A disappointing birthday party," according to example cards in a graphic on their website.
Max Temkin, co-creator of Cards Against Humanity, said their "Pay What You Want" promotion gave the self-starters an opportunity to give back.
"From the outset we decided we wanted to give all the proceeds to charity and that made it more fun for us," Temkin told the Guardian. "We weren't really worried about the bottom line, we were really able to do it as an experiment and do it in a great way."
Buyers decided the price of a holiday expansion pack for the game, raising slightly more than $70,000 total. The money could have been spent in myriad ways, explains a humorous infographic on their site, but it was donated instead.
In the video above, the team writes a five-figure check to Wikimedia, and drops it in the mailbox with feigned regret.
"Wikipedia is very important to us because without it we would not have known the exact volume of a dose of fresh boar sperm or graduated college," the infographic said.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said the holiday "Pay What You Want" promotion let buyers decide the price of the original Cards Against Humanity game. Rather, the deal involved the holiday expansion pack.
With the holidays apparently on our minds, we wrongly used the word "Christmas" in explaining the game's setup. One of the cards reads "A disappointing birthday party," not "a disappointing Christmas party."
Additionally, our original article was not clear in describing the game's cost. Cards Against Humanity can be purchased for $25, which we stated, but it is also available as a free download under a Creative Commons license.
We also misattributed Temkin's final quote to the Guardian. It actually appeared in their infographic.
Finally, the makers of Cards Against Humanity have amended our description of their hearts, which we called "big." David Munk told us via email today that "Our hearts are actually tiny, shriveled, and blackened -- a result of years of crafting poop jokes and correcting articles about us."
We sincerely apologize for the errors.