#1 By: Mark Frauenfelder, October 31st, 2013 17:59
#2 By: Wolfman Al , October 31st, 2013 18:13
I really need this in my city!
#3 By: Kevin Steinmetz, October 31st, 2013 18:19
There are versions of this in the US. I know that one is in Dallas, TX.
#4 By: WhyBother, October 31st, 2013 18:20
Similar stress-relief therapies have been around Japan for a while now, too:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/3909595/Stressed-Japanese-workers-smash-plates-to-ease-recession-blues.html (circa 2008)
The only problem is that you have to ultimately pay for what you break, so if you're stressed about money....
#5 By: Zev Goldberg, October 31st, 2013 18:32
Sounds exactly like the "Rage Cage" from Delocated. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIDNBpjkdzw
#6 By: Sam Ley, October 31st, 2013 18:32
I was under the impression that the current thought in psychology was that "venting" therapies are generally ineffective - they just make people more prone to acts of anger and aggression in general. Primal Scream is one I remember reading about in particular that was shown to just make people more angry more of the time (though the "release" felt good at the moment they did it).
That said, I've gleefully smashed up all sorts of things, not because I was angry, just for fun.
#7 By: Jonathan Harford, October 31st, 2013 20:12
The Lost Horizons Night Market had a truck like this a few years ago in NYC.
#8 By: miasm, October 31st, 2013 20:53
not to denigrate psychology but that's a precept of (zazen) meditation practice too.
Any impetus toward anger is ultimately counter productive.
It seems like you should still be able to get away with zeal and the like but... no.
#9 By: Vicki_Maree_Whateley, October 31st, 2013 21:25
At my School's fete we used to get hold of an old car and sell swings at it with a sledge hammer. Made a lot of money.
#10 By: technogeek, October 31st, 2013 22:28
One of the reasons I joined a volunteer group as a student was that it gave me a chance to indulge in strenuous physical work toward productive ends. Disassemble a small building, carefully enough that useful parts can be reused or resold. Put together 80 tent platforms in a weekend -- you learn not to be timid about driving nails. Reduce pile of "retired" furniture to parts small enough to fit in a single dumpster load.
Pure venting may or may not be useful. Turning that energy into something productive definitely helps.
#11 By: Anton Gully, November 1st, 2013 09:28
Karl Pilkington visited one in the US on the last "Moaning of Life". He managed to work up a lacklustre anger over PPI recovery calls to his mobile phone.
#12 By: Cary, November 1st, 2013 12:08
#13 By: Cary, November 1st, 2013 12:20
In the late-70's that was a common thing except the cars were Japanese models which were starting to compete strongly with Detroit. Occasionally people "volunteered" their vehicle for similar abuse by parking it in the factory employee lot of a Big 3 auto manufacturer at the time...
#14 By: Halloween Jack, November 1st, 2013 16:19
I've seen similar things, but I still think that Kirby was first. He had a lot of ideas like this; one of the 2001: A Space Odyssey comics that he did for Marvel (not the movie adaptation, which he also did, but the ongoing series; yes, kids, for a while Marvel had a comic that was an SF anthology written and drawn by Kirby, with the Monolith as a sort of mute Rod Serling) had a guy in what was basically a commercial superhero LARP game, which ended in disappointment when the beautiful space princess that he was rescuing turned out to be the middle-aged secretary of the firm that had to fill in at the last minute.
#15 By: Nick Gold, November 1st, 2013 22:40
This is one of those things I love, because it seems like the kind of thing that would exist in the world of Transmetropolitan, and I adore living in a world that more and more seems to resemble Transmetropolitan.
#16 By: Mark Frauenfelder, November 10th, 2013 19:48
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