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Airline Humor

Occasionally, airline attendants make an effort to make the "in-flight safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported.

Engineering Humor

"Odd" is the feature most enduring (if not endearing) about MS products.
- Mark Glewwe

Dilbert ZoneDilbert

What else can I say? Scott Adams' cartoon speaks to our generation, our profession, and to our industry. Check out the Dilbert Zone yourself.

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

There are 10 types of people in the world:
those that understand binary, and those that don't.

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.

Management Humor

We Plan ... God Laughs

Assumption is the Mother of All Screw-Ups!

Failure is the Mother of Improvement.

Corporate Canoe Race

Japanese company and an American company decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile. The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat.

A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action. Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.

So American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.

The consultant advised that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

To prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team's management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.

It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Program", with meetings, dinners and free pens for the rower. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.

The next year the Japanese won by two miles. Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment.

The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year's racing team was out sourced to India.

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