Joined: January 11th, 2016, 8:57 pm

June 13th, 2018, 1:38 am #11

We had an apprentice who wanted to get the cotton-covered cord on his wife's iron replaced; so he asked our workshop storeman if he could have a few metres of the cord.The storeman looked at the old frayed cord he'd brought in, and asked, "Is your wife right- or left-handed?" the apprentice replied, "She's right-handed." The storeman told him that the cotton covering the kid had brought in was woven for left-handers, as they twisted the cord in the opposite direction to a leftie while ironing, and that had strained and broke the 'left-handed' strands.

He sent the kid to the nearest supplier ('A') to get a roll of the 'right-handed cord', as all our store had was some left-handed cord from a previous job, and did a quick phone call to the desk guy at the supplier, with, of course, a request to forward the kid to someone else (supplier 'B'). The apprentice made it to supplier 'E' before he actually got ahead of the phone calls, and was politely informed that, not only was someone 'pulling his leg' and any other appendage they could reach, but that the fraying was caused by dragging the cord over the edge of the ironing board.
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Joined: October 11th, 2014, 3:36 am

June 13th, 2018, 2:54 am #12

While in Naval basic I had the fun of being sent to retrieve fifty feet of gig line, and ten pounds of bulkhead remover.  I new that I was being part of a initiation gag and just went along for the fun.  The laugh for me, was on my fellow recruits that DIDN'T realize it was a gag.
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Joined: September 11th, 2014, 5:58 pm

June 13th, 2018, 9:42 am #13

DocsMachine wrote:(hard to pull a prank on the other guy in a one-man shop 😁 )
That just means you have a better memory than I do.. :)
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Joined: September 12th, 2014, 6:01 am

June 13th, 2018, 2:52 pm #14

MephitMark wrote: While in Naval basic I had the fun of being sent to retrieve fifty feet of gig line, and ten pounds of bulkhead remover.  I new that I was being part of a initiation gag and just went along for the fun.  The laugh for me, was on my fellow recruits that DIDN'T realize it was a gag.
My sense of humour would probably get me keel-hauled.

Fifty feet of gig line


10 pounds of bulkhead remover



Imagine a line of Irish dancers planting explosives as they dance along the flight deck.
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Joined: September 29th, 2016, 1:55 am

June 13th, 2018, 6:19 pm #15

Reminds me of the first time DH and I set up our new Celestron 10" telescope.  We figured out the up/down slew, and the advance (east), but getting it to reverse was beyond our capacity.  Finally the light went on, and I told DH, "It uses the Earth's spin!"

"Don't thank me, thank the Moon's gravitational pull!"  MacGyver parody
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Joined: July 4th, 2016, 8:08 pm

June 13th, 2018, 6:49 pm #16

I love the "imaginary item quest" pranks on new people.

On film sets, sometimes we use a tool called a Fischer Dolly (http://www.jlfisher.com/dollies/rental_ ... ental.html) to get smooth camera movements.  A common prank on new grips or green production assistants is to tell them that we've misplaced the dolly keys and that they need to find them or we can't get the shot. Of course the dolly doesn't have keys, but that's for the new guy to figure out.  Sometimes they'll even get the initiative to call Fischer to ask them to ship out another set.  Of course Fischer knows all about the trick, so they keep transferring the call around the office and say things like "I'm sorry, each dolly only has one set of keys made for it at the time of manufacture and they're all individually coded, so we can't send you another set."

I've personally been asked to find the "vampire spray" because we were seeing too many reflections in a mirror in a scene. 
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June 13th, 2018, 10:38 pm #17

I turned the tables on an item-quest not that long ago.    I was settling into a new job,  just unloaded my tools.    Boss comes over and is going over the required-items checkoff with me,  and goes "You'll want to talk to Boris in the crib about getting at least 50 yards of flightline and a bottle of propwash."  

Old but classic.

I nod and hold up an air wrench and go "Can I go ahead in put in a PO for some air-tool oil?"

Boss goes "Yeah let me show you how to order it..."   Sits down,  pull up the screen and goes "What kind..."

I go "Type 1-D-1-0-T,  largest bottle they stock."

He types it in,  it gets quiet and he goes "Well played,  mind if I borrow that one?"

...I never did get my bottle of prop-wash goddamn it.
It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

June 14th, 2018, 7:55 am #18

One of the better military one was to send the guy over to supply to get an order of Beta Alpha eleven-hundred Novembers.

Or, as you might see it on a form: BA1100Ns.

😁

Doc.
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Joined: February 19th, 2015, 4:00 pm

June 14th, 2018, 2:31 pm #19

Not necesarily a prank, but a funny story none the less.  My first IT job in a corporate setting, I was having trouble connecting to one of the development servers.  It was located out in California.  So I get on the phone with support out there and tell them I can connect.  Tech support girl tells me to hold on.  Comes back five minutes later and says try it now.  I was able to connect.  Since I was "green" I was curious what she did to fix the problem as I wanted to learn, so I asked.  Her response, "Oh the duct tape holding the nic [network] card in place came loose, so I reattached it."  And this was a fortune 500 company...
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Joined: June 2nd, 2015, 3:34 am

June 14th, 2018, 3:00 pm #20

neocool00 wrote: Not necesarily a prank, but a funny story none the less.  My first IT job in a corporate setting, I was having trouble connecting to one of the development servers.  It was located out in California.  So I get on the phone with support out there and tell them I can connect.  Tech support girl tells me to hold on.  Comes back five minutes later and says try it now.  I was able to connect.  Since I was "green" I was curious what she did to fix the problem as I wanted to learn, so I asked.  Her response, "Oh the duct tape holding the nic [network] card in place came loose, so I reattached it."  And this was a fortune 500 company...
I've run into that with huge multi-national big-money manufacturing companies.   Place I'm at now has fans on the rubber cooling rack,  the rubber is supposed to reach a specific temp before they palletize it.   3/4th of the fans are out of service because the relays need to be replace.   Relays are $5 each and take an electrical trade a half hour each to replace. 

They'd rather risk (and actually produce) bad rubber than stop the line and spend the money on repairs.   Keep it running!    Can't spend the money to actually do the job right!
It is possible to commit no mistakes and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.
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