Idea: The Russian Roulette Chair
You go through your mundane workday without anything exciting happening. But what if you had a chair that was constructed in such a way that every time you sat in it, there was a 1 in 3,000 chance it would break apart, sending you falling to the floor? You’d have a little bit of nervous excitement every time you sat.
How often do you sit in your chair? Four or five times a day? More? With a 1 in 3,000 chance of falling, you might fall once in a year or two. That’s not too bad. But you’ll be on edge the whole time. Will today be the day? Could be!
How does it work? I haven’t gotten that far. I imagine some combination of engineering and programming. But once that’s figured out, you can go through every workday with the same nervous excitement as a secret agent wondering if today’s the day his nemesis will finally catch up to him. But with far more mundane consequences.
For maximum effect, get one for everyone in your office. Now you’ve got 50 people each with a 1 in 3,000 chance of falling every time they sit. If everyone sits 5 times a day, the odds are that someone will fall once every few weeks. That’s just often enough to give everyone else in the office a hearty laugh, and remind them that they could be next.