The Happiness Hat Will Spike Your Skull

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This is the Happiness Hat. It detects whether or not you're smiling. If you aren't, it jabs you in the back of the head with a metal spike. Nothing makes people happier than sharp skull pain!

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The whole thing is a project by interactive artist and designer Lauren McCarthy, designed to train you towards "Improved Social Interacting." On the one hand, it seems like something out of a dystopian nightmare. On the other, you have such a pretty mouth when you smile! Why not show it off?

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[Lauren McCarthy via Core77]

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worsethannormal

"On the one hand, it seems like something out of a dystopian nightmare. "

This reminds me of a comic based on the Paranoia RPG. In one issue, the main character (actually a clone of the main character) is fitted with a hat that detected if he was depressed and would pull the corners of his mouth into a smile if he was. The issue ended with the character taking a drug to help him sleep or relax (it's been years). The hat rightly detected that his brain chemistry was becoming more and more "depresive", so it kept making him smile bigger and bigger until it ripped his face open.

Is it wrong that I laughed at that ending? #happinesshat