“We also wanted your cubicle to give you a little shred of dignity and recognition and acknowledge you exist because you’re probably not getting that from your co-workers or your boss. So we’ve built in a mechanical flower that’s acoustically activated. When you’re gone, it’s wilted. But when you come in, it’s acoustically activated and pops up to attention, might even shudder a little bit with happiness.
“Even your wastebasket will kind of vibrate with happiness when trash is thrown into it. So you want the cubicle to love you and care for you, kind of a womb experience.” —Scott Adams —Scott Adams: Dilbert’s Ultimate Cubicle (CNN)
From 2001. Still pretty amusing.