There is no graceful way to tell someone to stop talking in most situations. Award shows, however, do not have that problem. When that wrap-it-up overture starts swelling while you’re still on stage, it means it’s time to thank your mom and your spouse and call it a night. And it works, too. Even the most heroically defiant speech-maker at this year’s Oscars, Best Foreign Language Film director Pawel Pawlikowski, only lasted 45 seconds after the music started (though it seemed more like a half-hour). If only there was a way to harness this powerful efficiency tool into your social and professional life! Whoops, there already is.
Agency Rethink has just rolled out a new app that recreates the award show play-off music, placing it right inside your phone. “You’re Cut Off” tells anybody who has gone on too long that it’s time to do a dismount. Whether it’s a conversation that seems inescapable, a boring presentation that is getting Groundhog Day-level repetitive, or maybe even a quarterly state of the union address from the CEO if you’re truly bold, this app says everything you need to say for you. A word of warning, though, this app will be a well-received and tolerated office gag precisely one time per person it’s used upon, so make it count!