obviously no one caught the sarcasm...
Yea I definitely got burnt out after writing so many secondaries (it was 25 or so). At one school that I was considering pretty highly, I didn't submit it because it was the last to come and was too long. I can't imagine doing more than 30. 40 is insane already.We know you were being sarcastic, these responses were to the hypothetical pre-med who actually thought this was a good idea.
I honestly don't see a problem with applying to a ton of schools if you have the money/time. All it can do is help your chances of getting in somewhere. I do think though that spreading your time over that many applications might cause each of your applications to suffer a little bit. But if you can give each one the attention it deserves, and actually endure answering that many secondary prompts, go for it . Not for me though - I got sick of writing after secondary #21 or 22 and failed to send in the rest.
I wonder what the maximum is after which there will be practically no increase in likelihood of acceptance at least one school. I would guess it's around 40.