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Reader Caption Contest: Old Time Factory Floor

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williamlweaver
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Craftsmanship
williamlweaver   4/19/2012 7:26:07 AM
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Sorry, @Alex. The only humor I see in this picture is the folly of our current situation. This picture reminds me that there was a time when innovation and hard work was king. The wood-fired boiler turned the flywheel that distributed energy to each of the machines. Humans were smart enough not to stick their arms between the belts and the pulleys, so there were no gates surrounding them. There are 12-year-old apprentices working to learn a trade and on their way to become master craftsmen. Each employee was dressed in their work clothes and ready to put in an honest 12-hour day. 

No Blackberrys, no carpal-tunnel syndrome, no fluorescent lighting, no smoking breaks, no HR training seminars, no PowerPoint, no Farmville, no ergonomic office chairs...

How about the caption, "Smile. Remember that Work used to mean Work."


Zippy
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Re: Craftsmanship
Zippy   4/19/2012 9:41:54 AM
Wow, William, I expect the occasional "in my day.." comment on this blog, but seriously, nostalgia for the 19th century?  Dangerous working conditions and child labor contribute to a satisfying albeit considerably shorter lifespan?   :)

 

Perhaps your caption should have been "The workers at the Acme Buggy Whip factory were stunned to learn that their jobs had been off-shored to Foxconn..."

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Re: Craftsmanship
naperlou   4/19/2012 9:56:21 AM
Zippy, speakig of Foxconn, this is probably what it is like there. 

You are right, though, there were lots of industrial accidents. A friend of mine lost his father when one of the shafts broke in a setup like this.  There wasn't a lot of stress analysis or testing that went into design back then. 

 On the other hand William's next to last paragraph has some merit.

What to caption this picture, though.  How about:

When men were men and belts turned machines!

 

GlennA
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Today's News
GlennA   4/19/2012 10:14:47 AM
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"And in today's news, the Director of the United States Patent Office has recommended that the Patent Office be closed, stating, every useful invention that is possible has already been invented."

And, supposedly, this quote is accurate.

naperlou
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Re: Today's News
naperlou   4/19/2012 10:23:14 AM
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GlennA, I think you are correct.  Actually, around the turn of the 20th century, it was Ernst Mach, I think, who was encouraging students not to go into physics.  His reasoning was that everything usefull had been discovered.  There were just a few details to be worked out.  Then Einstein published his paper on black body radiation. 

Zippy
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Zippy   4/19/2012 2:46:52 PM
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GlennA, I love that quote, but sadly, it appears to be a myth:

 

http://www.ideafinder.com/guest/archives/wow-duell.htm

 

GlennA
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Re: Folly ?
GlennA   4/19/2012 9:51:52 AM
William L Weaver;  So, the 'folly' of our current situation is that 12-year-olds are in school instead of on-the-job ?  No OSHA doesn't sound like paradise to me = or do you agree with the mine owners that the 29 miners were 'expendable' or ' disposable' ?  How about the caption:  Remember, Work used to mean Dis-memberment and Death.

Bob Salter
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Re: Craftsmanship
Bob Salter   4/20/2012 9:35:38 AM
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Caption: "We're all waiting for the electrician to come off his break to turn the main  power switch on."

DB_Wilson
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Re: Craftsmanship
DB_Wilson   4/20/2012 9:52:32 AM
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A hundred years ago it was not I.T. that shut down operations, it was I.S. (industrial steam).

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Re: Craftsmanship
robots2rockets   4/20/2012 10:08:47 AM
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Has anyone seen the guards for these machines?  Yeah Joe and Charley are out watching the front gate.

Ralphy Boy
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Re: Craftsmanship
Ralphy Boy   4/20/2012 10:30:00 AM
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"Our people are our greatest asset... Obviously."

rcwithlime
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caption
rcwithlime   4/20/2012 11:16:43 AM
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Unless you guys want to stare at my plumbers crack all day, someone better return my belt!

rcwithlime
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rcwithlime   4/20/2012 11:29:35 AM
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This place is belted in tighter than my old ladies corset

or

The pulley on that drive belt wobbles more than my wifes butt

or

The last time I saw this much belting, was at the New Years Swingers convention.

or finally

Hey Stanley, that primary drive belt looks like the same size as the one you need for your wifes bottom belt weight reducer machine.

Alexander Wolfe
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Captions, people, Captions
Alexander Wolfe   4/19/2012 11:28:25 AM
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Captions, please, more than commentary. Let's get this contest going! Thanks!

Rob Spiegel
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Caption
Rob Spiegel   4/19/2012 11:43:35 AM
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Hey, I thought we were supposed to get a foosball and snack room.

bdcst
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bdcst   4/20/2012 12:44:13 PM
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Where's the pizza?

kenish
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Caption
kenish   4/20/2012 6:56:29 PM
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- ISO9000, Six Sigma Black Belt certified

- Facilities Engineering designed the production line for minimum downtime using failsafe, "belt-and-suspenders" techniques

-  All in all, it's just another brick in the wall...

- Software engineers from the predecessor of Red Hat.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Caption
Rob Spiegel   4/23/2012 12:26:23 PM
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What are you complaining about? This is the only plant in the county that's got a window.

T_Siefers
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Slide Rule
T_Siefers   4/19/2012 3:06:10 PM
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Oh no, that new engineer has got his slide rule out again!

Dr. Frank N. Steen
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Caption
Dr. Frank N. Steen   4/19/2012 3:11:45 PM
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I'm tell'n ya, I seen a woman fill'n out a app in HR...

or

Just don't turn on the machine right now and we'll get your shirt tail out after the photographer leaves...

Rob Spiegel
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Caption
Rob Spiegel   4/19/2012 3:21:19 PM
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Don't slow down, boys, there's only 12 hours left to this shift.

Dave Palmer
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Captions
Dave Palmer   4/19/2012 5:41:41 PM
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If you think this place looks bad, you should see what it looked like before the safety audit.

If you think this place looks bad, you should see what it looked like before we started the 5S program.

If you think this place looks bad, you should see the engineering department.

Sure, this place is quiet now, but just wait until the donkey wakes up.

If you think this place looks bad, you should see where they make your smartphone.

grayback
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grayback   4/19/2012 5:56:18 PM
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has anyone seen the belt changer,  we need to get the main drive going.

Tim
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Tim   4/20/2012 7:45:38 AM
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Come work at O'Malleys.  Over 37 minutes without a lost time accident. 

Tim
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Caption
Tim   4/20/2012 7:51:54 AM
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Don't worry boys, our jobs are secure.  This "automation" stuff is just a fad.  ("Made in China" will also work instead of "automation".

HarryB
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HarryB   4/20/2012 9:15:52 AM
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"What a nightmare... I dreamt I was trapped in the Electronic Engineering Times "Immortal Works" contest...   :^)

tkwanderson
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caption
tkwanderson   4/20/2012 9:16:21 AM
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Everyone could see something was missing, but without the systems architecture drawing, nobody knew!

tkane
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Phot Caption
tkane   4/20/2012 9:23:41 AM
The same thought ran through everyone's mind.  Break was over 5 minutes ago and how long had the boss been standing there?

Bruce T
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LEAN Manufacturing
Bruce T   4/20/2012 9:25:59 AM
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Check out the guy in the center of the picture.

This was how LEAN MANUFACTURING was DISCOVERED!

 

Scott1313
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Climate Control
Scott1313   4/20/2012 9:31:42 AM
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Has anyone found the thermostat for the AC in this joint yet? It is hot up in this trailer.

jelvidge
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Caption
jelvidge   4/20/2012 9:35:14 AM
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Coffee breaks were dull affairs before the on-site Costa.

wheely
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Caption Contest
wheely   4/20/2012 9:38:04 AM
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 Just think if it were 100 years from now we would be setting at home getting unemployment checks.

JimP
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Caption Contest
JimP   4/20/2012 9:48:26 AM
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We've gotten the universal motors installed.  Were just waiting on management to see if they go with Edison or Tesla to power this equipment.  Either way, we're set.

ChasChas
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Why?
ChasChas   4/20/2012 9:55:28 AM
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Why do you want a picture of us not working? Something's not right here.

julesgordon
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Old Time Factory Floor
julesgordon   4/20/2012 9:58:39 AM
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Define clean up.

JimRW
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Labor movement
JimRW   4/20/2012 9:59:32 AM
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Sorry guys, but we're moving production to the

states where labor is cheaper and there's less regulation.

dtipple
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caption
dtipple   4/20/2012 10:06:01 AM
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This diagram details the OS improvements that revoluionize our product and with this latest release, will fundimentally propel us into the fore fromt of this industry.

deejayh
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Boiler Room's on Strike
deejayh   4/20/2012 10:06:59 AM
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What's keeping those guys in the boiler room from firing up the burners?

deejayh
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Boiler Room's on Strike
deejayh   4/20/2012 10:07:11 AM
What's keeping those guys in the boiler room from firing up the burners?

rossloeb
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Caption
rossloeb   4/20/2012 10:21:24 AM
Solving Today's problems with Yesterday's technology,...Tomorrow

Island_Al
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Waiting?
Island_Al   4/20/2012 11:13:44 AM
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"We are NOT screwing off.  We are waiting for the CNC Windows Embedded to finish booting.  I told you we should have used Linux!"

Great photo by the way. These guys would have thought CNC was magic. What will WE look like to those 100 years from now?

CRAWFORD
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OLD TIME FACTORY FLOOR CAPTION
CRAWFORD   4/20/2012 11:14:49 AM
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PRE-CURSOR TO NASA ? ......ROCKET SCIENCE IN THE MAKING !!!!!!!!

JCG
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I'm from the government and I'm here to help...
JCG   4/20/2012 11:29:16 AM
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Government Consultant:  I have good news and bad news.

The good news is that we embraced green energy by retrofitting all our equipment with belts for the new bio-renewable power plant.

The bad news is that the hamster just died.

 

Dave Palmer
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More captions
Dave Palmer   4/20/2012 11:41:01 AM
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Somewhere in this factory, a Six Sigma project is just waiting to happen.

What? Of course we're ISO 9001 certified.

Still can't justify that CAPEX request?

ve3eoq
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Caption for the photo
ve3eoq   4/20/2012 11:58:42 AM
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Ok, who forgot to feed the hamsters? Until they eat, they refuse to turn their wheel, and no work gets done till they do.

ervin0072002
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Every Time I complain
ervin0072002   4/20/2012 12:03:27 PM
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Every time i complain to grandpa about binary logic he pops out this picture and gives me the "Yall have it easy cuz in my day...." 2 hour speach....

ervin0072002
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Showed my Grandpa my...
ervin0072002   4/20/2012 12:04:31 PM
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Showed my Grandpa my new computer, He told me his old one is bigger and better and pulled out this picture.

ervin0072002
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My Grandpas ...
ervin0072002   4/20/2012 12:06:47 PM
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My Grandpas first Bandsaw....

ervin0072002
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We removed the ....
ervin0072002   4/20/2012 12:11:17 PM
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We removed the belt guards because every time some leaned against them the belt would come of the pulley. This way if some one leans on the belt they get burned and cut and quickly move away without slowing down production.

ervin0072002
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we meet OSHA???
ervin0072002   4/20/2012 12:13:20 PM
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CEO: Three year record low of reported incidents in our work place. How did we do this?
HR: We made employs sign a contract not to report incidents in the work place.

automation_dude
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Prototype of the first cell phone!
automation_dude   4/20/2012 12:16:20 PM
Prototype of the first cell phone!

Talldeveloper
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OSHA
Talldeveloper   4/20/2012 12:32:53 PM
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Oh S**t Hand and an Arm!



dwarfcar75
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photo caption
dwarfcar75   4/20/2012 12:55:41 PM
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I didn't really say we were cutting your pay in half out loud, did I?

JimP
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Photo Caption Contest
JimP   4/20/2012 2:40:15 PM
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Hold up everybody.  It's "Amos and Andy" time.

JimP
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Photo Caption Contest
JimP   4/20/2012 2:43:53 PM
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That's right, we get three per day.  At 10, at 2 and at 4.  The company supplies the Dr. Pepper

jarfly
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Caption
jarfly   4/20/2012 3:02:29 PM
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First Record of Plant Down due to Grid Failure

MasterChief
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Caption
MasterChief   4/20/2012 3:41:52 PM
Aye Captain, we're giving her all we've got!

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   4/20/2012 5:16:22 PM
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You shoulda seen what it looked like before OSHA showed up.

benmlee2
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Caption
benmlee2   4/20/2012 5:35:13 PM
Beating will continue until moral improves.

JCG
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Captions
JCG   4/20/2012 6:04:36 PM
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I have bad news... due to the downturn in the economy and the poor business market, we're afraid that no only will there be no increase in benefits and pay this year, but all the production operators will be forced to accept a 5% reduction in pay.

On a positive note, our customers' love us, our company had a record breaking year in sales and profit, and all the managers are receiving bonuses three times their salaries... oops.

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The good news is that the government is here to watch over you by ensuring your safety with OSHA, your environment with the EPA, your unions and child labor laws with the Burea of Labor, while maintaining an arbitrary minimum wage not tied any economic index.

The bad news is that the government has taxed your owners and stockholders so much that, despite receiving a few hundred million is stimulus funds, they've put that money into closing your plant and moving the manufacturing overseas to a country that doesn't care about work safety, the environment, unions or child labor, and the workers' yearly pay is less than your weekly paycheck.

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Who took the last energy drink?

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Unfortunately, after being in business several decades, our board of directors has decided that our future will not be in the creation of wealth through mining, growing, or manufacturing wealth, but by providing simple unskilled, low quality services to everyone else for far more money than it's worth because no one overseas would ever attempt to undersell our services with complex, highly-skilled, high quality services for a fraction of the cost.

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And that includes our diversity training... any questions?

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Have you ever thought about replacing those skylights with green, energy efficient CFLs?

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On the advise of our overpaid consultants we're discontinuing the apprenticeship and internship programs because the consultants think that anyone off the street can do your job with a little training.  Also, for your information, the training budget for next year has been eliminated, we don't have the money to hire anyone else, and no one will get a pay raise this year because we needed the money to pay the consultants.

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Where do you want me to place the smiley faces? Does anyone know the chicken dance?  Who wants to join the fun team?

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Congratulations on joining this new government research lab, just look around... our new senator managed to earmark hundreds of millions of dollars for this project, most of that for equipment and personnel; however, to save money, we didn't buy the new equipment, but had someone in asset control unfamiliar with the project pick out some equipment from surplus... to keep us under budget, none of you actually working on the project can expect pay raises until the sixth year, which is also the year our new senator is up for re-election.  To celebrate, the several hundred administrators and office support staff are having a gala at the stadium and five-star hotel across the street, where we booked the banquet halls and half the hotel for a party... We're bringing in bands and singers, and all the food will be catered by world-renowned gourmet chefs... At the after party we'll be handing out assignments and bonuses to the administrators and support staff.  It starts at 7:00PM sharp... oh, and don't forget your tuxes, as this is a black-tie affair.  We'd like to thank our friends over at the GSA for helping us with contacts to coordinate this in such a short time.  Any questions? 

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In an effort to improve efficiency, after the meeting to set the agendas for this round of meetings, the meeting for the fun team bake sale, the volunteer team meeting, and the green team, we'll have our kick-off meeting for the efficiency team to set up a plan to discover the root cause for our drop in production...

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Don't worry about an increase to your healthcare premiums, we got a waiver!

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Where do you want this CMM?

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I'm here to install the clean room...

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warren@fourward.com
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Caption
warren@fourward.com   4/20/2012 6:15:20 PM
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Well, the new Department of Manufacturing guys just left.  What do you think of the government's new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility?  They staffed it with unemployed laborers who still get unemployment.

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melllowfelllow   4/20/2012 6:38:31 PM
Now that I have your attention, I will go over the shop rules.
  1. Any damage to the equipment will result in immediate termination - this includes damages caused by blood and body parts.
  2. Any unauthorized breaks will result in immediate termination.

Now back to work!!

melllowfelllow
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Re: Caption
melllowfelllow   4/20/2012 6:58:47 PM
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You have only been here 14 hours, "Why is everyone just standing around??".

melllowfelllow
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melllowfelllow   4/20/2012 7:16:16 PM
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"This stock market crash is not going to have much effect on business."

 

Quote tweaked from-

"This crash is not going to have much effect on business."
- Arthur Reynolds, Chairman of Continental Illinois Bank of Chicago, October 24, 1929

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melllowfelllow   4/20/2012 11:40:02 PM
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I can see that everyone is excited about the new corporate Intergalactic Quality Improvement Initiative.

-Inspired by Scott Adams

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jim01   4/23/2012 9:11:57 AM
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Wait! Wait, the new girl from the office is coming to pass out the pay checks.

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Old Time Factory Floor
pjkettlejr   4/20/2012 10:00:34 PM
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Don't look at us, the ASPCA says the hamsters get an hour out of their wheels for lunch!

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Wurtzheimer
Battar   4/22/2012 10:13:40 AM
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...and our sympathies to Mrs Wurtzheimer. The rest of you - get back to work.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/22/2012 11:21:40 PM
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,,,,and this large pulley turns this huge gear. See, you can reach right into the mechanism.  So you say you are from a company called OSHA-?  What's that stand for, anyway-?

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/23/2012 1:08:00 AM
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Yes I'm the Safety Foreman and I'm happy to report we haven't see a fatality in over a week!

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/23/2012 1:17:22 AM
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Yeah, I know I could just use an Ax to chop wood, but this is more efficient.  You've got  to start thinking more innovatively. Hand me that Diesel fuel and lets crank this baby up.

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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/23/2012 9:31:54 AM
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Lean Six Sigma-? No man, we ain't makin' no Sigma's – we're making Hot Dogs;  Don'cha see all the saw dust-?

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BrainiacV   4/23/2012 11:51:36 AM
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You could have heard a pin drop as the workers stopped and stared at the OSHA inspector who was making an unannounced inspection and seemed to be having an apopleptic fit.

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Jon Titus   4/25/2012 3:42:36 PM
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Sorry to say, men, we lost the iPhone contract.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/25/2012 4:12:18 PM
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Don't worry fellows. If our product doesn't sell, you'll get plenty of time off.

xti
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xti   4/30/2012 1:39:56 PM
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The new secretary had no effect on production whatsoever...

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/30/2012 2:25:29 PM
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We made our quota in only 10 hours today. Let's see what we can do with the next six hours.

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xti   4/30/2012 5:52:35 PM
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After the loud 'crack' had echoed throughout the room, they all stared at the 1x4 stick holding up the wall...

xti
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xti   5/6/2012 12:53:36 PM
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Belt Guard? What's a Belt Guard?

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