Holy Moses, does this really work? Has anyone ever tried it?

Apparently one of the best ways to ask for a big raise and GET ONE is to start off with a joke and ask for an INSANE amount of money, like a million bucks.

I found this in New York Magazine. The technique is called "anchoring" where you start with a higher number than you actually expect to get. Studies have found it even works if you go way over-the-top with it, because throwing out ANY high number makes your boss less likely to low-ball you.

Plus it's a good ice-breaker, so it also works in theory, if you're negotiating your salary in a job interview. A 2011 study had a bunch of people interview for the same job that paid just over $30,000. When people joked that they wanted a HUNDRED THOUSAND the average offer they got was $35,585.

When they didn't go over-the-top, the average offer they got was about $3,000 less, so almost a 10 percent difference. And that's substantial.