Curiosities

This is a collection of curiosities that I’ve come across. Just a few to start with but I’ll be adding more as I find them.

Do you remember the Abbey Road album by the Beetles? It featured a photograph of the fab four walking across an ordinary zebra crossing outside the Abbey Road Recording Studios and this crossing soon shot to world fame. There has been a web-cam where you can view this crossing for some time now and they have recently improved the bandwidth and have added sound! The crossing has now been given listed status.

A couple of BBC News articles have caught my eye. Last year, they ran an article on a race between a pigeon and broadband in delivering a large amount of data in Africa. Now someone has done it again down the east coast of England with similar results.

Sometimes things go wrong, people don’t get hurt, and we can laugh about them. Here is a small collection of “Oopsie Daisies!” Updated 1st February 2010.

Quantas Fault Log – some actual logged maintenance complaints and problems.

Doo-Wop Horses – an equine barber’s shop quartet, now relocated. Allow the page to load fully then click on each horse in turn. Magical!
NOTE: This no longer works after an upgrade in the flash plug-in in Microsoft’s browser but it works just fine in Mozilla’s Firefox and in Apple’s Safari.

A repost from the American motor industry to Bill Gates – General Motors v Microsoft.

When I saw this I could hardly believe my eyes – An Australian Adventure.

An exposition on the Thermodynamics of Hell which I think some of you might enjoy.

New And finally ... a Management Course in 2 minutes! New

Lesson One  An eagle was sitting on a tree – resting – doing nothing. A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, “Can I also sit like you and do nothing?” The eagle answered, “Sure, why not?” So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of the sudden a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson... To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.
  
Lesson Two  A turkey was chatting with a bull. “I would love to be able to climb to the top of that tree but I haven’t got the energy”, sighed the turkey. “Well, why don’t you nibble on some of my droppings?”, replied the bull, “they’re packed with nutrients.” The turkey pecked at a lump of dung and found it actualy gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally, on the fifth day, he found himself proudly perched at the top. There, he was promptly spotted by a farmer who shot him out of the tree.

Management Lesson... Bullshit might get you to the top but, it won’t keep you there.
  
Lesson Three     A little bird was flying South for the winter. It was so cold, the bird’s wings froze and he fell to the ground in a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was actually thawing him out! The bird lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Management Lessons ...
1. Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
2. Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
3. When you’re in deep shit it’s best to keep your mouth shut!

This completes your two-minute management course!

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