Anyone who has seen the movie Office Space (and if you haven’t, then you need to stop reading this post right now and go rent it) knows about the “Jump to Conclusions mat.”
I couldn’t find a clip of the scene, so here is a transcript of the dialogue:
Michael Bolton: You think the pet rock was a really great idea?
Tom Smykowski: Sure it was. The guy made a million dollars. You know, I had an idea like that once. A long time ago.
Peter Gibbons: Really, what was it, Tom?
Tom Smykowski: Well, all right. It was a “Jump to Conclusions” mat. You see, it would be this mat that you would put on the floor, and it would have different conclusions written on it that you could jump to.
Now, you can buy one of your own at ThinkGeek.com:
Yes, the mat is silly, but there are plenty of people who wish they could rely on a Jump to Conclusions Mat. Don’t believe me? How much money do you think is spent each year on Magic 8-balls? Yes, they are meant for entertainment, but I think the fact that Magic 8-balls, horoscopes, and psychic readings are widely used show that we fear making decisions on our own.
If you could pay someone to make all of your decisions for you, would you?
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