Office Pranks on Induhviduals -----------------------------
My favorite prank report from the field:
"A friend of mine who works with MRI machines bet the medical salesman that he could not toss his wallet through the opening in the MRI magnet--the one the patients' head goes through--without having the wallet touch the sides.
The Induhvidual's wallet included all of his credit cards, which were instantly demagnetized in the process.
Although it cost my friend a soda, the snicker factor made it well worth the price."
True Tales of Induhviduals --------------------------
These true reports were filed by anonymous DNRC operatives:
I was busy writing some computer program for one of my classes and my roommate asked me if he could use my coffee maker. I said, "sure."
The next thing I hear is, "Hey, where do you put the coffee?" I turn to see that he has filled the filter basket with water and is (unsuccessfully) trying to keep the water in the basket by plugging the hole at the bottom with his finger. He and the floor are both covered with water.
[Editor's note: Guess which one of these guys will be a senior manager someday.]
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when the airport employee asked, "Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?"
I said, "If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?"
He smiled and nodded knowingly, "That's why we ask."
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it is safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine, when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals to blind people when the light is red. She responded, appalled, "What on earth are blind people doing DRIVING???"
At a goodbye lunch for an old and dear co-worker who is leaving the company due to "rightsizing," our manager spoke up and said, "This is fun. We should have lunch like this more often."
Not another word was spoken. We just looked at each other like deer staring into the headlights of an approaching truck.
I worked with an Induhvidual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her could not understand why her system would not turn on.
Sighting #6 (a rare "double sighting"):
A friend had a brilliant idea for saving disk space. He thought if he put all his Microsoft Word documents into a tiny font they'd take up less room. When he told me I was with another friend. She thought it was a good idea too.
Sighting #7 (from Tech Support):
Tech Support: "How much free space do you have on your hard drive?"
Induhvidual: "Well, my wife likes to get up there on that Internet, and she downloaded ten hours of free space. Is that enough?"
Sighting #8 (from Tech Support):
Induhvidual: Now what do I do?
Tech Support: What is the prompt on the screen?
Induhvidual: It's asking for "Enter Your Last Name."
Tech Support: Okay, so type in your last name.
Induhvidual: How do you spell that?
Sighting #9 (from Tech Support):
We received a support call from a customer who had problems connecting to some dial-in lines. He said he found a solution to his connection problems and would like to share it with us.
When he heard his modem retraining upon dialing in, he would pick up the phone and make a "Kckgkth" noise, like a modem, into the phone. Then he would hang up and get a reliable connection. He told us he would be glad to record this noise and send it to us so that our other customers could benefit from it.
After we stopped rolling on the floor laughing, we told him he was just inserting line noise and was connecting at a lower speed.