Do you know who Bob Probst was?
You may not like the answer. Bob Probst is a "reluctant serial killer" of sorts. Everyday, his creation sucks the souls and life out of countless professionals. He was the Director of Research for Herman Miller, and (according to a research paper from my students) the man credited with creating the cubicle. One of the ironies was that he originally called the prototype of the cubicle the "action office." (OK, you in the 15th cubicle from the window, quit laughing so loudly. You're disturbing the other 3,957 cubicle-dwellers on your floor.) The other irony is that Bob spent the rest of his life regretting his creation, stating that he had never wanted the work environment to become hostile because of his creation.
As somebody who strives to seize the accomplishment, I just found this story interesting and had to share it. For those of you sitting in cubicles right now, please try to find it in your hearts to forgive Bob. He didn't mean it. Really.