Wednesday, November 02, 2011

It's an Emergency!

This particular item sits at work on the side of my desk where patients check out.  Before I say anything more about it think about what your immediate reaction would be.  Would you push the button without a moment's hesitation because curiosity would be too overwhelming?  Would you reach out then pull back before asking, "What happens if I push the button?"  If I told you to go ahead and see what happens would it embolden you or make you more leery than before?  Would you refuse to push the button unless you knew for certain what the result would be?  Would you ignore it completely?

It's been an interesting informal psychological experiment watching the various reactions to this emergency button before people know what it will do.  I get as much of a kick out of seeing who reacts in which way as the brave patients get when they push the button.  It's daily entertainment.

So are you dying to know what happens?

Are you?

It makes a sound like this. many of you hesitated before clicking the link and how many forged ahead boldly?

I'm pretty sure I didn't have to ask how many of you laughed.  I'd like to think that would be unanimous because if you've been coming here any length of time you must have some sort of appreciation for absurdity.  Watching patient reaction has been another interesting set of observations as well.  The overwhelming majority laugh or smile, some push it every time they come in, but there are a few who look at me as if I am not quite right and ask what it means.  I just tell them it's for all their yodeling emergencies because you never know when you need a good yodel....or a chuckle.

If you need one of your own you can get it here.  I'm hoping they soon come out with a Tarzan yell model.


Sailor said...

Love it!

Craig said...

Well, you know, I've always found that a good healthy yodel does wonders in an emergency. . .

A Tarzan yell would be a definite winner.

Maybe a lion roar. . .

Beach Bum said...

That was cool!

Jazz said...

I would just push it and probably swear I pushed it by accident if the cops showed up or something.

The fact that it yodels, well that's just freaking brilliant.

Cricket said...

Hm. Yeah, you know I didn't hesitate to click... I knew it would be something odd. Heh, heh.

Maqybe a model with just a flat-out primal scream would work for me.

Anonymous said...

I am the loser of the bunch. I wouldn't click it even if it were staring at me square in the face. I would wonder what kind of emergencies would warrant such a device but I would have no interest to push anything. Even if invited to do so (in person or via a blog), I would hesitate -- knowing it will make loud screaming sounds or just punch me in the nose.

I know, I know.

Loser Guy

Craver Vii said...

Yeah, I think I am much to safe and conscientious in person to push an emergency button unless I already knew that it was just a gag. I don't like creating a disturbance.

That's really funny, now that I think about it, because I have a reputation in certain circles for going against the tide. Contra mundum... that's me, too.

Hilary said...

I'd certainly push it if you said to go ahead and see what happens. Your co-workers must love it since you came aboard.

Kat said...

Hahaha!!! That's awesome! I am such a rule follower I probably would never push it (unless I was certain it was a fake emergency button). ;)

silly rabbit said...

Silly me! I would have assumed it was in case of a medical emergency and left it alone.
My 7 year old son pulled the fire alarm at the school where I used to work. When I asked him why, he said "It kept taunting me!"

Bijoux said...

I would be the person who would never push it!

Logophile said...

I am a button push from way back, baby.
You KNOW what I'd do

secret agent woman said...

I clicked on the link immediately. An elephant trumpeting would also be cool.

Dave said...

Is that all it does Michelle? It doesn't call the doctor or similar? I guess its a joke on your patients - Dave