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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   2/17/2012 4:38:10 PM
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I'm hard-pushed to pick my favorites out of all of these -- every time I look at any of them I wince ... they all make you wonder what the contractor was thinking... ... but I have to say that #9 and #11 sort of grab my attention...

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SZA   2/20/2012 11:39:03 AM
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I guess the construction companies should have CAD tools like our electronic design to validate design from Arch. specification to lower details before prototype/tape-out :). btw even if designs were wrong, i wonder what the workers were thinking while creating these masterpieces [grin]

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Max The Magnificent   2/20/2012 4:36:38 PM
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I agree -- if you were working on this, wouldn't you say to the boss "Hey -- this is stupid" -- take #9 for example, didn't anyone say "how will people actually use this ATM?"

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zeeglen   2/20/2012 6:44:04 PM
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Maybe the worker tried that once and got a new one reamed for questioning authority. Now he just follows the blueprints and keeps his opinions to himself - and his job.

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Paul A. Clayton   2/20/2012 9:02:12 PM
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Some (weak) attempts at humor: #1: "Kid-friendly neighborhood, great for sledding" #2: "We solved the problem of people stealing the display" or "Display: Acme Corp. has responded to your privacy concerns" #3: "Yes, Mr. Jones, the reception desk is watching the elevator, so no one will be able to sneak up to your office anymore." #4: "The pedestrian overpass project was completed on time and under-budget with 90% of planned capacity." #5: "Our supplier for laser levels is going to receive a sternly worded letter about quality control" or "ZeeThru--our windows give you a new slant on the world" #6: "The apartments on level 4 have special security measures against catburglers" #7: "It'll cost how much to remove the rails?! I'll just settle for the balcony then." #8: "The law requires a street light at every bus stop" #9: "Our ATMs never have long lines" #10: "See, the blueprint was signed by M.C. Escher himself!" #11: "What's wrong with a little togetherness"

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ReneCardenas   2/20/2012 10:41:03 PM
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I have seen similar oddities in south america, were it is much easier to ask forgiveness than permission, or pay someone to look the other way. Examples like Item #6 & #8 may be purely for symmetrical or ornamental value. but make you wonder where does a stairway like in Item #10 meant to go?

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David Ashton   2/21/2012 12:05:48 AM
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Yep - the best way I have found of dealing with what I call PSMs (Pig Stupid Managers) is to let them dig themselves a hole and fall in it......

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Max The Magnificent   2/22/2012 4:19:02 PM
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Good Ones!!!

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Duane Benson   2/22/2012 10:47:34 PM
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It's not terribly uncommon to see driveways like those in #1 in the hilly areas around here (Portland, Oregon area). I remember one driveway that's just about as steep, but leading down into the garage rather than up to it. Based on the surrounding terrain and the slope of the road, I would guess that every heavy rainstorm delivers a nice little flood to that garage.

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David Ashton   2/23/2012 5:44:26 AM
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So how do the occupants get their low clearance Porsches and BMWs into their garages? or do the occupants of that area only have 4WDs??

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