Sometimes you need a laugh... and these videos make me laugh out loud!
Earlier today I emailed my chum Jim Adams asking him if he had a picture of something I needed for something I was writing.
Jim quickly responded that he didn't (bummer), but as a way of softening the blow he pointed me at an interesting video of a motor bike review. It's not that I actually have a motor bike, you understand, but the way the reviewer talked about things really made me laugh – like the part when he goes for a test drive and you hear him commenting about the guy driving a Volvo.
Of course this immediately reminded me of that really funny Triumph Rocket III video, where they show things like "Performing an emergency stop to help someone who's dropped their badger in road."
In turn, this reminded me of the legendary Rockwell Retro Encabulator video – a spoof that (to my mind at least) has rarely, if ever, been equaled:
This last one just fills me with awe and admiration. How could that guy keep a straight face while saying all of that? If any of these remind you of your own favorite "laugh-out-loud" videos, please share them with the rest of us.
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I am really curious how the Rockwell Retro Encabulator video came to be. They use real company logos and products, so perhaps this was a contest for their salespeople on who could deliver this complete BS with most gusto. Does anyone know the real story?
What a great question. I have seen the video a few times over the years but had never done any research. You inspired me to do a search on "Rockwell Retro Encabulator video" and came up with a hit on wiki.
We engineers take grief all of the time for being "different". It takes an engineer to recognize the total BS in the video and really enjoy it.
Engineers do have fun.
I was recently at Lowes.com looking at how-to videos for flooring, e.g. http://www.youtube.com/v/f2MyCZKcSZQ
But I just kept getting distracted from the project at hand, thinking about all those problems I used to have with capacitive diractance and how the Retro Encabulator helped me!
(Same guy from the video now doing instructional videos for Lowe's...)
Fun stuff! I think marketing may have lent a hand with, "Here at Rockwell Automation's world headquarters, research has been proceeding to develop a line of automation products that establishes new standards for quality, technological leadership, and operating excellence. With customer success as our primary focus..."
Re: How could the guy keep a straight face? I think he had practice. If you watch the Chrysler version of this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXW0bx_Ooq4), the first two minutes is a virutally identical script, but funny to see in an automotive instead of industrial context.
The technician who finishes the video - isn't he the same actor from the Rockwell video?? (And I LOVE what he says to tell customers at 3:30 into the video!)