Getting your wires crossed. It’s something that can happen all the time. Especially in engineering. But sometimes it’s very hard to see the method in the madness, like in the case of the following picture of some rather confusing telephone wiring in Beirut, Lebanon.
The image was posted on popular social site Reddit, and has garnered quite a trail of comments. “That resembles a neural network instead of a junction box,” commented one Redditer. “You don't fix it, you negotiate with it.”
"Yes, we have about four lines down. Could you go out there and fix it up?” added another, adding "Worst day to be a cable engineer with a switch box like this.”
Of course, messy cabling doesn’t just happen over in Beirut. Another Redditer pointed to the following YouTube video showing some rather sloppy home grown cabling, purportedly from Verizon Wireless.
Got any pictures of some tangled tech you want to send us? I feel a little competition coming on! Messiest desks part two.
There was a photo published a few years back that showed a similar mess of wires in a city in India, with the caption: "And this is the country where we call for tech support?" What we have is a lack of organization, which is not the same as a lack of neatness. Some of the very most disorganized messes that I have ever come across were quite neat, but there had clearly never been any consideration about being organized. And, No, there was no method in the madness.
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