Richard Galpin

MOSCOW: What would you be prepared to do for money? For $6,500 a month, to be precise?

How about the following: locking yourself inside a small metal container for three months without any communication with the outside world, with electronic monitors attached to various parts of your body and with frozen baby food and cereal bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner?

To add to the fun you’ll have five companions, who will do everything possible to stop you trying to escape before the three months are up. Meanwhile, from a control room outside, a team of scientists will monitor your every move checking for any signs that you are starting to crack up.

And banish all hope of finding solace through alcohol or tobacco. Both are strictly forbidden. And next Tuesday the fun will begin for the six lucky people, who were chosen to take part.

— © BBC News/Distributed by the New York Times Syndicate