During a boring summer job between high school and college I imagined my meager hourly wage as nickels dropping onto a pile.
The December 2006 SmartMoney magazine has four paragraphs on the "fastest way to earn 33 percent in 2006." I can't find a legitimate copy of the column on the web, but I found a blog entry where someone had typed it. Hint: it is about nickels. Disclaimer: I have no idea who the blogger is that posted the column -- it's the only copy that Google could find :)
The funny thing was that my nickel-visualizing job took place in a big vault. No, I was never locked in.