Persuade someone to do something bad with you with math problems
So you want to go out on a weekday but your roommates have fully embraced the post-grad, black coffee “adult-life” and insist on calling it a night at freakin’ 9pm. It ain’t right, right? What happened to only sleeping at a single-digit hour because Vegas day parties really are all that and you gotta refuel for the night? Maybe you can’t bring it back, but you can trick it forward (I don’t know, just go with it).
If you want someone to let loose and click off “responsible” mode just for a sec so they can live their life the way you just know they secretly want to, give them some math problems to solve or challenge them to a stimulating game of The Impossible Quiz before inciting them with your proposal. By occupying the rational brain, specifically the prefrontal cortex, the Bonnie & Clyde of the brain (limbic system & hypothalamus) are free to get on with their bad selves. Since the prefrontal cortex is about 10 times the hypothalamus, activating it leaves less energy for it to control unruly desires. The prefrontal cortex is the gas-guzzling Cadillac driven by the executive and the limbic system/hypothalamus are fuel-efficient love-mobiles bought by eco-conscious upper-middle class suburban parents for their bored and crazy teenagers. Of course, if you’re dealing with a crew of your very own Big Bang Theory Sheldons you might not have such luck, in which case I recommend seriously perplexing the persons in question with the age-old question….How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?