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Panic Button

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Sort of baked, because my Venturer unit already has one, but here goes:- A large, prominent, red button. When you push it, or whack it, it resists your hand slightly, and goes in with a satisfying thunk or click or what-have-you. That's it. When panicked, you just hit the button once, or a few times, and you'll feel better. The weird thing is, it works.

A more upmarket version goes bright red when pushed in, and changes to green, to indicate that the panicable offense has passed.

QuadAlpha, Jan 23 2002

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[phoenix, Jan 23 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       This is, I believe, called a "placebo" in medicine.
neelandan, Jan 23 2002

       I had hoped we were beyond mere placebos.
jurist, Jan 23 2002

       There are all sorts of stress-relieving doodads. I'm pretty sure this is baked.
phoenix, Jan 23 2002

       Yeah. I had this "panic brake" on my car before I had it repaired. You want to stop, you stomp on the pedal, it goes all the way in with a satisfying feel to it, and NOTHING HAPPENS.   

       And the steering wheel had a panic feel to it for about a quarter of a turn.
neelandan, Jan 24 2002


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