Anyone encounter other fake buttons, controls, etc put there to fake us out? How about other things like elections?

You can stop pounding on the “Close Door” button on the elevator. They’re not there for you. Turns out that most of them don’t work unless you’ve a maintenance person or fireman with the special access key inserted. It’s just one of several different “placebo buttons” placed around our world that only give us the illusion of control.

Walk buttons? In Manhattan they’re totally useless, as the New York Times reported in 2004. And most office thermostats are dummies, not connected to any system at all. In 2003 the WSJ detailed how they’re just installed by HVAC guys who are sick of office workers calling them up and complaining about the temperature.




  1. This is very good having controls in the system.

  2. Glenn E. says:

    The biggest “fake buttons” appear ever election cycle. They’re the ones that say, “a vote for this guy, will solve all your problems”. But regardless of who gets elected, they never do. Not unless you happen to be extremely rich. Then not only do you not have to bother to vote. Whoever wins the elections, automatically does your bidding. And your problems and cares vanish.

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