Have You Heard the One About the . . . ?
(Jokes for Engineers!)
A plateau is the highest form of flattery
Wanna hear a joke about Potassium? (whether they say 'yes' or 'no'): K.
In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict construction rules: Each poem has only 17 syllables - 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second, 5 in the third. They are used to communicate a timeless message, often achieving a wistful, yearning, and powerful insight through extreme brevity. Here are some actual error messages from Japan. Aren't these better than "your computer has performed an illegal operation?"
|The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.
|Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
|I ate your Web page.
Forgive me; it was tasty
And tart on my tongue
|Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
|Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
|You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
|Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
|Out of memory.
We wish to hold the whole sky,
But we never will.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
|A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
|Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
An anthropologist, a physicist, and a mathematician were asked to participate in a study of survival skills. Each participant was to be held for a twenty-four period,without human contact, each recieved only one can of food. At the end of the anthropologist's term, the program director asked how he had done. "Not too bad," he replied. "I was able to find a small rock, and a boulder which I used to sharpen it. It did take some time to construct a tool, but I was able to open the can and eat." Then the program director questioned the physicist, who had survived the period comfortably. "I sat for a while, and was able to determine the speed and trajectory at which I would have to throw such an object in order for it to burst. Then I performed the experiment with positive results." The director, having two successful accounts, was surprised to see the mathematician tired and irritated upon release. When he was questioned as to why, the man replied, "I am tired and I am hungry. I've had nothing to eat for twenty-four hours." The program director then inquired whether or not the man had found his can of food. "Of course I did," the mathematician explained, "I've just spent the entire evening repeating 'let C be an open can.'"
A mathematician, an engineer, and a physicist were taking a math class together. One day the mathematician and the physicist decided to play a joke on the engineer. They told him that the pretty girl sitting at the back of the room said he could get close to her every time they ringed the bell, but he could only travel half the distance from him to her. So they started ringing the bell and the engineer would travel half the distance, and the mathematician and the physicist were making fun of him. They thought it was really funny. When the engineer was 1/16 the original distance they asked him, “why are you doing this? You do know you are never going to get there right?” And the engineer replied, “I will get close enough for practical purposes.”
"Going wrong" MURPHY'S LAWS (classical) or Hazop Analysis
Answers to questions on high school science exams...
and three accountants are traveling by train to a conference. At the station,
the three accountants each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy
only a single ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one
ticket?" asks an accountant. "Watch and you'll see," answers
They all board the train. The accountants take their respective seats but all Three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets.
He knocks on the restroom door and says, "Ticket, please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.
The accountants saw this and agreed it was quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the accountants decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money.
When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers buy no tickets at all.
"How are you going to travel without a ticket?" says one perplexed accountant. "Watch and you'll see," answers an engineer.
When they board the train the three accountants cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby. The train departs. Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the accountants are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, "ticket please."
who thought the hardest part of Physics 101 was the constant conversion
from MKS or CGS units to English units, here are some useful English system
• Ratio of an igloo's circumference to its diameter: Eskimo Pi
• 2000 pounds of Chinese soup: Won ton
• 1 millionth of a mouthwash: 1 microscope
• Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement: 1 bananosecond
• Weight an evangelist carries with God: 1 billigram
• Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour: Knot-furlong
• 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling: 1 lite year
• 16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone: 1 Rod Serling
• Half of a large intestine: 1 semicolon
• 1000 aches: 1 megahurtz
• Basic unit of laryngitis: 1 hoarsepower
• Shortest distance between two jokes: A straight line (think about it for a moment)
• 2000 mockingbirds: two kilomockingbirds
• 1 kilogram of falling figs: 1 Fig Newton
• 1000 grams of wet socks: 1 literhosen
• 1 trillion pins: 1 terrapin
• 2.4 statute miles of intravenous surgical tubing at Yale University Hospital: 1 I.V. League
• 100 Senators: Not 1 decision
works on the honor system.
Please delete all the files on your hard disk, then forward this message to everyone you know.
Thank you for your cooperation.
...from the Rutgers State University of NJ web site.
Einstein was making the rounds of the speaker's circuit, he usually found himself
eagerly longing to get back to his laboratory work.
One night as they were driving to yet another rubber-chicken dinner, Einstein mentioned to his chauffeur (a man who somewhat resembled Einstein in looks & manner) that he was tired of speechmaking.
"I have an idea, boss," his chauffeur said. "I've heard you give this speech so many times. I'll bet I could give it for you."
Einstein laughed loudly and said, "Why not? Let's do it!"
When they arrived at the dinner, Einstein donned the chauffeur's cap and jacket and sat in the back of the room. The chauffeur gave a beautiful rendition of Einstein's speech and even answered a few questions expertly.
Then a supremely pompous professor asked an extremely esoteric question about anti-matter formation, digressing here and there to let everyone in the audience know that he was nobody's fool.
Without missing a beat, the chauffeur fixed the professor with a steely stare and said, "Sir, the answer to that question is so simple that I will let my chauffeur, who is sitting in the back, answer it for me."
Quote from the Boss: "Teamwork is a lot of people doing what I say." (Marketing executive)
"We know that communication is a problem, but the company is not going to discuss it with the employees." (Switching supervisor, Long Lines Division)
A Chemical is a
An organic chemist turns into a foul odor.
An analytical chemist turns into a procedure.
A physical chemist turns into a straight line.
A biochemist turns into a helix.
A chemical engineer turns into a profit.
The following short quiz consists of 4 questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a "professional".
Scroll down for each answer. The questions are NOT that difficult.
1. How do you put a giraffe
into a refrigerator?
The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close the door.
This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an overly complicated way.
2. How do you put an elephant
into a refrigerator?
Did you say, "Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the refrigerator"? (Wrong Answer)
Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the elephant and close the door.
This tests your ability to think through the repercussions of your previous actions.
3. The Lion King is hosting
an animal conference.
All the animals attend except one. Which animal does not attend?
Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator. You just put him in there. This tests your memory.
OK, even if you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one more chance to show your true abilities.
4. There is a river you
must cross but it is inhabited by crocodiles.
How do you manage it?
Correct Answer: You swim across. All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests whether you learn quickly from your mistakes.
Around 90% of the professionals they tested got all questions wrong. But many preschoolers got several correct answers. This conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the brains of a four year old.
A new look at quadratic
Read:- 'a2' below as "a squared," 'b2' below as "b squared," etc.
If a = b (so I say) [a = b]
And we multiply both sides by a
Then we'll see that a2 [a2 = ab]
When with ab compared
Are the same. Remove b2. OK? [a2-b2 = ab-b2]
Both sides we will factorize. See?
Now each side contains a - b. [(a+b)(a-b) = b(a-b)]
We'll divide through by a
Minus b and olé
a + b = b. Oh whoopee! [a+b = b]
But since I said a = b
b + b = b you'll agree? [b+b = b]
So if b = 1
Then this sum I have done [1+1 = 1]
Proves that 2 = 1. Q.E.D.
A professor was giving a big test one day to his students. He handed out all of the tests and went back to his desk to wait.
Once the test was over, the students all handed the tests back in. The professor noticed that one enterprising student had attached a $100 bill to his test with a note saying "A dollar per point."
At the beginning of the next class the professor handed the tests back out. The student got back his test - along with $64 change.
• While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles with it.
• Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.
Your foot will change direction and there's nothing you can do about it.
• This time, lift your left foot off the floor and make counter-clockwise circles with it.
• At the same time, draw the number "9" in the air with you left hand.
Eight ways to use a barometer
to find the height of a building:
1 Measure the height of the barometer. Scale the side of the building, measuring its height in barometer-units.
2 Drop the barometer from the top of the building. Measure the time until it hits the street. Correcting for the mass/surface ratio of the instrument, use basic acceleration equation to find the height.
3 Tie string to top of barometer. Lower from roof to almost ground. Swing. Period of pendulum can be used to find distance from barometer's Center of Gravity to top of building.
4 Tie a long cable to the barometer and lower it from the top of the building to the ground, and then measure the length of the cable.
5 Take the barometer outside on a sunny day, measure its shadow and the buildings shadow.
6 Drop the barometer from the top of the building. Measure how far was it shifted by Corriolis force. The rest is trivial.
7 Sell the barometer. Purchase a tape measure long enough to measure the height of the building.
8 Find someone who knows how tall the building is, and trade him the barometer for the information.
Useful Metric Conversions
for the mathematically challenged
1 trillion microphones = 1 megaphone
1 millionth of a fish = 1 microfiche
1 trillion pins = 1 terrapin
10 rations = 1 decoration
10 millipedes = 1 centipede
3 1/3 tridents = 1 decadent
2 monograms = 1 diagram
8 nickels = 2 paradigms
2 wharves = 1 paradox
A hydrogen atom lost its
electron and went to the police station to file a missing electron report. He
was questioned by the police: "Haven't you just misplaced it somewhere?
Are you sure that your electron is really lost?"
"I'm positive." replied the atom.
Absolute zero is cool.
What quote did Decartes
come up with in his organic chemistry class?
I think, therefore I amide.
Two molecules are walking
down the street and they run into each other. One says to the other, "Are
you all right?"
"No, I lost an electron!"
"Are you sure?" "I'm positive!"
Free radicals have revolutionized chemistry.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate!
Classification of Chemistry
Physical Chemistry: The pitiful attempt to apply y=mx+b to everything in the universe.
Organic Chemistry: The practice of transmuting vile substances into publications.
Inorganic Chemistry: That which is left over after the organic, analytical, and physical chemists get through picking over the periodic table.
Chemical Engineering: The practice of doing for a profit what an organic chemist only does for fun.
A physicist, biologist and
a chemist were going to the ocean for the first time.
The physicist saw the ocean and was fascinated by the waves. He said he wanted to do some research on the fluid dynamics of the waves and walked into the ocean. Obviously he was drowned and never returned.
The biologist said he wanted to do research on the flora and fauna inside the ocean and walked inside the ocean. He too, never returned.
The chemist waited for a long time and afterwards, wrote the observation, "The physicist and the biologist are soluble in ocean water".
Little Willie was a chemist,
Little Willie is no more.
What he thought was H2O,
Little Johnny took a drink,
Now he shall drink no more.
For what he thought was H2O,
A chemist walks into a pharmacy
and asks the pharmacist, "Do you have any acetylsalicylic acid?"
"You mean aspirin?" asked the pharmacist.
"That's it, I can never remember that word."
Three men: a project manager,
a software engineer, and a hardware engineer are helping out on a project.
About midweek they decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour.
Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp.
As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says "Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish."
The hardware engineer went first. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas with no money worries."
The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas.
The software engineer went next. "I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean with no money worries."
The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean.
Last, but not least, it was the project manager's turn. "And what would your wish be?" asked the genie.
"I want them both back after lunch" replied the project manager.
A mathmatician, a physicist,
and an engineer were all given a red rubber ball and told to find the volume.
The mathmatician carefully measured the diameter and evaluated a triple integral.
The physicist filled a beaker with water, put the ball in the water, and measured the total displacement.
The engineer looked up the model and serial numbers in his red-rubber-ball table.
The wireless telegraph is
not difficult to understand.
The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat.
You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles.
The wireless is the same, only without the cat. - Albert Einstein
Scientists at NASA have
developed a gun built specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields
of airliners, military jets and the space shuttle, all traveling at maximum
The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of the windshields.
British engineers heard
about the gun and were eager to test it on the windshields of their new high
Arrangements were made, and when the gun was fired, the engineers stood shocked as the chicken hurtled out of the barrel, crashed into the shatterproof shield, smashed it to smithereens, crashed through the control console, snapped the engineer's backrest in two and embedded itself in the back wall of the cabin.
Horrified Britons sent NASA the disastrous results of the experiment, along with the designs of the windshield, and begged the U.S. scientists for suggestions.
NASA's response was just one sentence, "THAW THE CHICKEN!"
An astronaut in space was
asked by a reporter, "How do you feel?"
"How would you feel," the astronout replied, "if you were stuck here, on top of 20,000 parts each one supplied by the lowest bidder?"
During the heat of the space
race in the 1960's, NASA decided it needed a ball point pen to write in the
zero gravity confines of its space capsules.
After considerable research and development, the Astronaut Pen was developed at a cost of $1 million.
The pen worked and also enjoyed some modest success as a novelty item back here on earth.
The Soviet Union, faced with the same problem, used a pencil.
If it wasn't for Thomas Alva Edison, we'd all be watching TV to the light of a candle.
Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called rain.
an Invitation to an Inventors' Ball:
Edison thought it would be an illuminating experience.
Watt reckoned it would be a good way to let off steam.
Stephenson thought the whole idea was loco.
Wilbur Wright accepted, provided he and Orville could get a flight.
Morse's reply: "I'll be there on the dot. Can't stop now must dash."
A start-up engineer is someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had, in a way you don't understand.
The Dictionary: what engineers say and what they mean by it
Major Technological Breakthrough = Back to the drawing board.
Developed after years of intensive research = It was discovered by accident.
The designs are well within allowable limits = We just made it, stretching a point or two.
Test results were extremely gratifying = It works, and are we surprised!
Customer satisfaction is believed assured = We are so far behind schedule that the customer was happy to get anything at all.
Close project coordination = We should have asked someone else; or, let's spread the responsibility for this.
Project slightly behind original schedule due to unforeseen difficulties = We are working on something else.
The design will be finalized in the next reporting period = We haven't started this job yet, but we've got to say something.
A number of different approaches are being tried = We don't know where we're going, but we're moving.
Extensive effort is being applied on a fresh approach to the problem = We just hired three new guys; we'll let them kick it around for a while.
Preliminary operational tests are inconclusive = The darn thing blew up when we threw the switch.
The entire concept will have to be abandoned = The only guy who understood the thing quit.
Modifications are underway to correct certain minor difficulties = We threw the whole thing out and are starting from scratch.
Essentially complete. = Half done.
We predict... = We really hope!
Drawing release is lagging. = Not a single drawing exists.
Risk is high, but acceptable. = 100 to 1 odds, or with 10 times the budget and 10 times the manpower, we may have a 50/50 chance.
Serious, but not insurmountables, problems. = It will take a miracle.
Not well defined. = Nobody has thought about it.
Requires further analysis and management attention. = Totally out of control.
The project is designed for high availability. = Malfunctions will be blamed on the operators mistakes.
This project has low maintenance requirements. = We wouldn't let the technicians change a light bulb, much less fool around with our baby.
The software is being developed without excessive process overhead. = The documentation will be written in clear and lucid Chinese.
The delivery is scheduled for the last quater of next year. = This leaves us plenty of time to decide who to blame for it being late.
If you can't fix it -- document it.
How many first year engineering
students does it take to change a light bulb?
None. That's a second year subject.
How many second year engineering
students does it take to change a light bulb?
One, but the rest of the class copies the report.
How many third year engineering
students does it take to change a light bulb?
"Will this question be in the final examination?"
How many civil engineers
does it take to change a light bulb?
Two. One to do it and one to steady the chandelier.
How many electrical engineers
does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They simply redefine darkness as the industry standard.
How many computer engineers
does it take to change a light bulb?
"Why bother? The socket will be obsolete in six months anyway."
How many mechanical engineers
does it take to change a light bulb?
Five. One to decide which way the bulb ought to turn, one to calculate the force required, one to design a tool with which to turn the bulb, one to design a comfortable - but functional - hand grip, and one to use all this equipment.
How many nuclear engineers
does it take to change a light bulb?
Seven. One to install the new bulb and six to figure out what to do with the old one for the next 10,000 years.
You might be an engineer if:
Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?
GEORGE W. BUSH
We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or it is against us. There is no middle ground here.
I invented the chicken. I invented the road. Therefore, the chicken crossing the road represented the application of these two different functions of government in a new, reinvented way designed to bring greater services to the American people.
The chicken's habitat on the original side of the road had been polluted by unchecked industrialist greed. The chicken did not reach the unspoiled habitat on the other side of the road because it was crushed by the wheels of a gas-guzzling SUV.
To steal a job from a decent, hard-working American.
I don't know why the chicken crossed the road, but I'll bet it was getting a government grant to cross the road, and I'll bet someone out there is already forming a support group to help chickens with crossing-the-road syndrome. Can you believe this? How much more of this can real Americans take? Chickens crossing the road paid for by their tax dollars, and when I say tax dollars, I'm talking about your money, money the government took from you to build roads for chickens to cross.
No one called to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the farmer's market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.
Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, The chicken crossed the road, But why it crossed, I've not been told!
To die. In the rain. Alone.
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.
In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.
Isn't that interesting? In a few moments we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart-warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting and went on to accomplish its life-long dream of crossing the road.
Imagine all the chickens crossing roads in peace.
It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.
It was an historical inevitability.
This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.
I may not agree with what the chicken did, but I will defend to the death its right to do it.
To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.
You saw it cross the road with your own eyes! How many more chickens have to cross before you believe it?
I have just released eChicken 2003, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook - and Internet Explorer is an inextricable part of eChicken.
Did the chicken really cross the road or did the road move beneath the chicken?
I did not cross the road with THAT chicken. What do you mean by chicken? Could you define chicken, please?
I missed one?
Origins of engineering specs and government decisions. Ever wonder where engineering specifications come from? The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches, an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in England, and the English built the first US railroads. Why did the English build them like that?
Because the first rail lines were built by the people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that is the gauge they used. Why did they use that particular gauge then?
Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used the same wheel spacing.
Okay! Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts in the granite sets. So, who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions. The roads have been used ever since. And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for (or by) Imperial Rome, they all had the same wheel spacing.
The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the specification for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
Specifications and Bureaucracies live forever.
The Imperial Roman war chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war-horses.
Now let's cut to the present...
The Space Shuttle, sitting on its launch pad, has two booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. A company builds SRBs at its factory in Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs wanted to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory has to run through a tunnel in the mountains. The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel, which is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track is about as wide as two horses' behinds.
So.... a major design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined two thousand years ago by a horse's ass.
Which is pretty much how most government decisions are made.
"The Age of Enlightenment" is far from over....
The beguiling ideas about science quoted here were gleaned from essays, exams, and class room discussions. Most were from 5th and 6th graders. They illustrate Mark Twain's contention that the 'most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.'
It was once projected that a million monkeys with a million typewriters could reproduce the works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the internet, we know that this is NOT true.
An engineer was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I'll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket. The frog spoke up again and said, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a beautiful princess, I will stay with you for one week" The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket. The frog then cried out, "If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I'll stay with you and do ANYTHING you want." Again the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket. Finally, the frog asked, "What is the matter? I've told you I'm a beautiful princess, that I'll stay with you for a week and do anything you want. Why won't you kiss me?" The engineer said, "Look I'm an engineer. I don't have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that's cool."
Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Person asked a young Engineer fresh out of MIT, "And what starting salary were you looking for?"
The Engineer said, "In the neighborhood of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package."
The interviewer said, "Well, what would you say to a package of 5-weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every 2 years say, a red Corvette?"
The Engineer sat up straight and said, "Wow! Are you kidding?"
The interviewer replied, "Yeah, but you started it."
A short and cute one for all of us who are tired of hearing stock market reports...
One chalk mark $1
Knowing where to put it $49,999
It was paid in full and the engineer retired again in peace.
12. "Do you have a sledgehammer
or a brick handy?"
11. "That's right, not even McGyver could fix it."
10. "So -- what are you wearing?"
9. "Duuuuuude! Bummer!"
8. "Looks like you're gonna need some new dilithium crystals, Cap'n."
7. "Press 1 for Support. Press 2 if you're with '60 Minutes.' Press 3 if you're with the FTC."
6. "We can fix this, but you're gonna need a butter knife, a roll of duct tape and a car battery."
5. "I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that."
4. "In layman's terms, we call that the Hindenburg Effect."
3. "Hold on a second ... Mom! Timmy's hitting me!"
2. "OK, turn to Page 523 in your copy of 'Dianetics.'"
And the No. 1 Thing You Don't Want to Hear From Tech Support ...
1. "Please hold for Mr. Gates' attorney."
In the first year, "s" will be used instead of the soft "c". Sivil servants will reseive this news with joy. Also, the hard "c" will be replaced with "k". Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.
There will be growing publik enthusiasm in the sekond year, when the troublesome "ph" will be replaced by "f". This will make words like "fotograf" 20 persent shorter.
In the third year. publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible. Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which have always ben a deterent to akurate speling. Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of the silent "e" in the languag is disgrasful, and it would go.
By the fourth year, peopl wil be reseptiv to steps such as replasing "th" by "z" and "w" by "v". During ze fifz year, ze unesesary "o" kan be dropd from vords kontaining "ou" and similar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters.
After zis fifz yer, ve vil hav a reli sensibl riten styl. Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis and evrivun vil find it ezi tu understand ech ozer. Ze drem vil finali kum tru!"
Vel, hov d'yu lik ze articl? Sems tu me zat dutch peopl vil lik it. Ve'd betr strt prkticin ze nev ruls tu improv ur ritin skilz viz Urop.
This is the transcript of an ACTUAL radio conversation of a US naval ship with Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October, 1995.
Americans: "Please divert
your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid collision."
Canadians: "Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the south to avoid collision."
Americans: "This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course."
Canadians: "No, I say again, you divert YOUR course."
Americans: "THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER USS LINCOLN, THE SECOND LARGEST SHIP IN THE UNITED STATES' ATLANTIC FLEET. WE ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE DESTROYERS, THREE CRUISERS, AND NUMEROUS SUPPORT VESSELS. I DEMAND THAT YOU CHANGE YOUR COURSE 15 DEGREES NORTH, THAT'S ONE FIVE DEGREES NORTH, OR COUNTER-MEASURES WILL BE UNDERTAKEN TO ENSURE THE SAFETY OF THIS SHIP!"
Canadians: "This is a lighthouse. Your call."
LOG ON - Makin' the wood
LOG OFF - Don't add no more wood
MONITOR - Keep an eye on the wood stove
DOWNLOAD - Gettin' the farwood ofn the truck
MEGA HERTZ - When yer not keerful gettin the farwood downloaded
FLOPPY DISK - Whatcha git from tryin to carry too much farwood
RAM - That thing what splits the farwood
HARD DRIVE - Gittin up the hill t'home in the winter time
PROMPT - Whut the mail aint in the winter time
WINDOWS - Whut to shut when its cold outside
SCREEN - Whut to shut when its black fly season
BYTE - Whut them dang flys do
CHIP - Munchies for the TV
MICRO CHIP - Whuts left in the munchie bag
MODEM - Whatcha did to the hay fields
DOT MATRIX - Ol Dan Matrix's wife
LAP TOP - Whar the kitty sleeps
Problem: "Left inside main
tire almost needs replacement."
Solution: "Almost replaced left inside main tire."
Problem: "Test flight OK,
except autoland very rough."
Solution: "Autoland not installed on this aircraft."
Problem: "Something loose
Solution: "Something tightened in cockpit."
Problem: "Evidence of hydraulic
leak on right main landing gear."
Solution: "Evidence removed."
Problem: "DME volume unbelievably
Solution: "Volume set to more believable level."
Problem: "Dead bugs on windshield."
Solution: "Live bugs on order."
Problem: "IFF inoperative."
Solution: "IFF inoperative in OFF mode."
Problem: "Friction locks
cause throttle levers to stick."
Solution: "That's what they're there for."
Problem: "Number three engine
Solution: "Engine found on right wing after brief search."
To a 2-L jacketed round reactor vessel (reactor #1) with an overall heat transfer coefficient of about 100 Btu/F-ft2-hr, add ingredients one, two and three with constant agitation. In a second 2-L reactor vessel with a radial flow impeller operating at = 100 rpm, add ingredients four, five, six, and seven until the mixture is homogenous. To reactor #2, add ingredient eight, followed by three equal volumes of the homogenous mixture in reactor #1. Additionally, add ingredient nine and ten slowly, with constant agitation.
Care must be taken at this point in the reaction to control any temperature rise that may be the result of an exothermic reaction.
Using a screw extrude attached to a #4 nodulizer, place the mixture piece-meal on a 316SS sheet (300 x 600 mm). Heat in a 460K oven for a period of time that is in agreement with Frank & Johnston's first order rate expression (see JACOS, 21, 55), or until golden brown. Once the reaction is complete, place the sheet on a 25C heat-transfer table, allowing the product to come to equilibrium.
"Is hell exothermic or endothermic? Support your answer with a proof."
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law or some variant. One student, however wrote the following:
First, we postulate that if souls exist, then they must have some mass. If they do, then a mole of souls can also have a mass. So, at what rate are souls moving into hell and at what rate are souls leaving? I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving.
As for souls entering hell, lets look at the different religions that exist in the world today. Some of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to hell. Since, there are more than one of these religions and people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all people and all souls go to hell.
With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in hell to increase exponentially.
Now, we look at the rate of change in volume in hell. Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in hell to stay the same, the ratio of the mass of souls and volume needs to stay constant.
So, if hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter hell, then the temperature and pressure in hell will increase until all hell breaks loose.
Of course, if hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in hell, than the temperature and pressure will drop until hell freezes over.
It was not revealed what grade the student received.
Day 1: My boss, an engineer from the pre-CAD days, has successfully brought a generation of products from Acme Toaster Corp's engineering labs to market. Bob is a wonder of mechanical ingenuity. All of us in the design department have the utmost respect for him, so I was honored when he appointed me the lead designer on the new Acme 2000 Toaster.
Day 6: We met with the president, head of sales, and the marketing vice president today to hammer out the project's requirements and specifications. Here at Acme, our market share is eroding to low-cost imports. We agreed to meet a cost of goods of $9.50 (100,000). I've identified the critical issue in the new design: a replacement for the timing spring we've used since the original 1922 model. Research with the focus groups shows that consumers set high expectations for their breakfast foods. Cafe latte from Starbuck's goes best with a precise level of toastal browning. The Acme 2000 will give our customers the breakfast experience they desire. I estimated a design budget of $21,590 for this project and final delivery in seven weeks. I'll need one assistant designer to help with the drawing packages. This is my first chance to supervise!
Day 23: We've found the ideal spring material. Best of all, it's a well-proven technology. Our projected cost of goods is almost $1.50 lower than our goal. Our rough prototype, which was completed just 12 days after we started, has been servicing the employee cafeteria for a week without a single hiccup. Toastal quality exceeds projections.
Day 24: A major aerospace company that had run out of defense contractors to acquire has just snapped up that block of Acme stock sold to the Mac-kenzie family in the '50s. At a company wide meeting, corporate assured us that this sale was only an investment and that nothing will change.
Day 30: I showed the Acme 2000's exquisitely crafted toastal-timing mechanism to Ms Primrose, the new engineering auditor. The single spring and four interlocking lever arms are things of beauty to me.
Day 36: The design is complete. We're starting a prototype run of 500 toasters tomorrow. I'm starting to wrap up the engineering effort. My new assistant did a wonderful job.
Day 38: Suddenly, a major snag happened. Bob called me into his office. He seemed very uneasy as he informed me that those on high feel that the Acme 2000 is obsolete? something about using springs in the silicon age. I reminded Bob that the consultants had looked at using a microprocessor but figured that an electronic design would exceed our cost target by almost 50% with no real benefit in terms of toastal quality. "With a computer, our customers can load the bread the night before, program a finish time, and get a perfect slice of toast when they awaken," Bob intoned, as if reading from a script.
Day 48: Bill Compguy, the new microprocessor whiz, scrapped my idea of using a dedicated 4-bit CPU. "We need some horsepower if we're gonna program this puppy in C," he said, while I stared fascinated at the old crumbs stuck in his wild beard. "Time-to-market, you know. Delivery is due in three months. We'll just pop this cool new 8-bitter I found into it, whip up some code, and ship to the end user."
Day 120: The good news is that I'm getting to stretch my mechanical-design abilities. Bill convinced management that the old spring-loaded, press-down lever control is obsolete. I've designed a "motorized insertion port," stealing ideas from a CD-ROM drive. Three cross-coupled, safety-interlock microswitches ensure that the heaters won't come on unless users properly insert the toast. We're seeing some reliability problems due to the temperature extremes, but I'm sure we can work those out.
Day 132: New schedule: We now expect delivery in three months. We've replaced the 8-bitter with a Harvard- architecture, 16-bit, 3-MIPS CPU.
Day 172: New schedule: We now expect delivery in three months.
Day 194: The auditors convinced management we really need a graphical user interface with a full-screen LCD. "You're gonna need some horsepower to drive that," Bill warned us. "I recommend a 386 with a half-meg of RAM." He went back to design Revision J of the PC board.
Day 268: New schedule: We now expect delivery in three months. We've cured most of the electronics' temperature problems with a pair of fans, though management is complaining about the noise. Bob sits in his office all day, door locked, drinking Jack Daniels. Like clockwork, his wife calls every night around midnight, sobbing. I'm worried about him and mentioned my concern to Chuck. "Wife?" he asked. "Wife? Yeah, I think I've got one of those and two or three kids, too. Now, let's just stick another meg of RAM in here, OK?"
Day 290: We gave up on the custom GUI and are now installing Windows CE. The auditors applauded Bill's plan to upgrade to a Pentium with 32 Mbytes of RAM. There's still no functioning code, but the toaster is genuinely impressive. Four circuit boards, bundles of cables, and a gigabit of hard-disk space. "This sucker has more computer power than the entire world did 20 years ago," Bill boasted proudly.
Day 384: Toastal quality is sub-par. The addition of two more cooling fans keeps the electronics to a reasonable temperature but removes too much heat from the toast. I'm struggling with baffles to vector the air, but the thrust of all these fans spins the toaster around.
Day 410: New schedule: We now expect delivery in three months. We switched From C++ to Java. "That'll get them pesky memory-allocation bugs, for sure," Bill told his team of 15 programmers. This approach seems like a good idea to me, because Java is platform-independent, and there are rumors circulating that we're porting to a SPARCstation.
Day 530: New schedule: We now expect delivery in three months. I mastered the temperature problems by removing all of the fans and the heating elements. The Pentium is now thermally bonded to the toast. We found a thermal grease that isn't too poisonous. Our marketing people feel that the slight degradation in taste from the grease will be more than compensated for by the "toasting experience that can only come from a CISC-based, 32-bit multitasking machine running the latest multi-platform software."
Day 610: The product shipped. It weighs 72 lb and costs $325. Bill was promoted to CEO.
10. You're so tired you
now answer the phone, "Hell".
9. Your friends call to ask how you've been, and you immediately scream, "Get off my back!"
8. Your garbage can IS your "in" box.
7. You wake up to discover your bed is on fire, but go back to sleep because you just don't care.
6. You have so much on your mind, you've forgotten how to go to the bathroom.
5. Visions of the upcoming weekend help you make it through Monday.
4. You sleep more at school than at home.
3. You leave for a party and instinctively bring your thermodynamcis textbook.
2. Your Day-Timer exploded a week ago.
1. You think about how relaxing it would be if you were in prison.
Twas the night before finals,
Most were quite sleepy,
In my own apartment,
My roommate was speechless,
I stared at my notes,
"Some pizza might help,"
I'd nearly concluded
When futures depend
When all of a sudden,
His spirit was careless,
"What kind of student
"On Cliff Notes! On Crib Notes!
His message delivered,
"Your teachers have pegged you,
A math and engineering convention was being held. On the train to the convention, there were both math majors and engineering majors. Each of the math majors had his/her own train ticket. But the Engineers had only ONE ticket for all of them. The math majors started laughing and snickering. The engineers ignored the laughter.
Then, one of the engineers said, "Here comes the conductor". All of the engineers piled into the bathroom. The math majors were puzzled. The conductor came aboard and collected tickets from all the math majors. He went to the bathroom, knocked on the door, and said, "Tickets Please". An engineer stuck their only ticket under the door. The conductor took the ticket and left. A few minutes later, the engineers emerged from the bathroom. The math majors felt really stupid.
On the way back from the convention, the group of math majors had ONE ticket for their group. They started snickering at the engineers, who had NO tickets amongst them.
When the engineer lookout shouted, "Conductor coming!", all the engineers again piled into a bathroom. All of the math majors went into another bathroom. Then, before the conductor came on board, one of the engineers left the bathroom, knocked on the other bathroom, and said, "Ticket please."
CHEMICAL ENGINEER: n. A person who does for profit what a chemist does for fun.
Q: What is the difference between a chemist and a chemical engineer?
A: Oh, about $20 K a year.
A programmer and an Engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight from Los Angelos to New York. The Programmer leans over to the Engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The Engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.
The Programmer persists and explains that the game is real easy and a lotta fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don’t know the answer, I pay you $5."
Again the Engineer politely declines and tries to get to sleep.
The Programmer, now somewhat agitated, says "Ok, if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $50!"
This catches the engineer’s attention, and he sees no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game. The programmer asks the first question: "What is the distance from the Earth to the moon?"
The engineer doesn’t say a word, but simply reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the programmer. Now, it’s the engineer’s turn. He asks the programmer, "What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?"
The programmer looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He taps into the Airphone with the modem and searches the net and the library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his coworkers - all to no avail. After about an hour, he wakes the engineer and hands him $50. He politely takes the $50 and turns away to try to get back to sleep.
The programmer, more than a little miffed, shakes the engineer and asks, "Well, so what’s the answer?" Without a word, the engineer reaches into his wallet, hands the programmer $5, and turns away to get back to sleep.
An artsie, sick of working at Mickey D's for what had seemed an eternitude decided to get a job working as a labourer at a construction site. Being a usual overconfident artsie, he soon began to brag to the other workers about all sorts of things. One day he decided to brag that he could outdo anyone in a feat of strength. He made a special case of making fun of the wiry engineer on the site. After several minutes, the engineer had had enough.
"Why don't you put your money where your mouth is," said the engineer. "I will bet a week's wages that I can haul something in a wheelbarrow over to that outbuilding that you won't be able to wheel back."
"You're on, little guy!" the braggart replied. "Let's see what you got."
The engineer reached out and grabbed the wheelbarrow by the handles. Then, nodding to the young man, he said, "All right: Get in."
There was an engineer who had an exceptional gift for fixing all things mechanical. After serving his company loyally for over 30 years, he happily retired. Several years later the company contacted him regarding a seemingly impossible problem they were having with one of their multi-million dollar machines.
They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who has solved so many of their problems in the past.
The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small "x" in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, "This is where your problem is". The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for this service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges.
The engineer responded briefly:
It was paid in full and the engineer retired again in peace.
Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Civil Engineers build targets.
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"
The man below says, "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field."
"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.
"I am," replies the man. "How did you know?"
"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."
The man below says, "You must be in management."
"I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."
What's the best thing about Switzerland? I don't know, but their flag is a huge plus.
Two fish are sitting in a tank. One looks over at the other and says: "Hey, do you know how to drive this thing?"