Do they get paid for the for the expenses they incur in doing certain experiments for unca Cecil ? Like alcoholic cupcake , car ACs ,… .
Nope. But for your first example, after a few iterations, maybe they don’t care anymore.
Sometimes it’s stuff you wouldn’t do for money.
I can never be paid enough to let a mosquito bite me again, thank you very much.
For the record, I was one of the people who vainly flexed and not only did the little bastards not explode, I got big itchy welts.
I never get in on the fun stuff, like eating cupcakes. Dang.
And I got to drive around for several 30 minute runs, on a 93-degree day, with no AC with the windows rolled up: http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2961/has-auto-ac-been-improved-so-much-it-s-no-longer-an-energy-sink
No, didn’t get reimbursed, not for gas nor for heat stroke. I do it for love.