Friday Funny

A look at the lighter side of business, either directly or indirectly, as it relates to facility management and commercial real estate. Issues of morale, workplace humor, and comic relief are highlighted here.

Friday Funny | Facility Executive - Creating Intelligent Buildings

Comprehensive data exists on western clothing insulation values, but little research exists on non-western. Having information on attire like saris could influence the design of ventilation and air-conditioning systems to provide the best thermal comfort for occupants.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Do Clothes Make The Man Hotter Or Cooler?

FRIDAY FUNNY: Do Clothes Make The Man Hotter Or Cooler?

Comprehensive data exists on western clothing insulation values, but little research exists on non-western. Having information on attire like saris could influence the design of ventilation and air-conditioning systems to provide the best thermal comfort for occupants.


a song about OSHA safety training is also well on its way to becoming a viral YouTube hit. Marshall Carroll of Winnipeg has taken it upon himself to come up with a song about OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM).

FRIDAY FUNNY: Did YOU Take Your Offspring To Work?

When children enter a world that is typically inhabited by adults, there is always the chance some "memorable" interaction might occur.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Tax Day Countdown

Tax returns are due in a few days (Monday, April 18, to be precise), and fewer workers plan to use their tax refunds to pay off bills and more plan to put the money into savings, reflecting a more stable economy.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Not Farmville, But Plantville

There's a new game in town along the same lines as Farmville, but with a twist; this multimedia experience was developed as an "engaging and information plant simulation that puts you right in the shoes of the plant manager."

Friday Funny: Are You The Fooler? Or The Fool?

So what kinds of pranks have you witnessed on the job? And did you trick or get tricked? Either way, happy April Fool's day to all.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Never Go To Bed Hungry

Food can be everywhere with culinary inspired furnishings.

FRIDAY FUNNY: When March Madness Invades The Workplace

Office pools are a common sight in the office, with 20% saying they have participated in March Madness pools at work, according to CareerBuilder’s annual survey.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Bent Objects

Engineers are great at putting things together and taking them apart. Put a paper clip in the hands of an engineer, and it can...

Friday Funny: Graphic Humor

Due to its ability to turn abstract concepts into concrete images, PowerPoint has become a staple in the world of business and education. Skilled...

FRIDAY FUNNY: An Outbreak Of Out Of Order Moles

When an unusual outbreak of Whac-A-Mole malfunctions forced amusement park operators to start making service request, did anyone think much of it? Well, yes, and no.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Looking For Work? Don't Do This…

A new nationwide CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,400 hiring managers reveals the outrageous and common mistakes that some candidates have made in job interviews.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Isn't It Ironic?

What happens when Chicken Little comes home to roost in a municipal building? Ask members of the San Antonio Dangerous Structure Determination Board, and they will indeed say the sky is falling....and it's not pretty.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Fill 'Er Up (no spillage, please)

In honor of the Super Bowl, this Friday Funny article salutes an innovation that may literally shake up the way stadiums, restaurants, and other high volume brew purveyors serve their customers forever...but without the foam!

FRIDAY FUNNY: No Laughing Matter for Fountain Lady

So what do you do, facility managers? Can you train your staff to respond to situations like this so they react "professionally" rather than instinctively? Is it possible to stifle the natural inclination to laugh when you see something like this unfold in front of your eyes?

FRIDAY FUNNY: Tech Support Meets Who's On First

While this has been knocking around for some time, it's still quite funny. Imagine if Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today. Their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Why Be Normal? Be Xtranormal!

The next time you want to make some sort of company wide announcement about a new facility management policy that may be slightly unpopular, you may consider the power of the pastel kitty and the strategic head tilt!


Genuine submissions of flashes of humor found in and around the workplace.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Creative Restrooms Revisited

So the next time you're considering a restroom facelift, why not get creative like these folks did?

FRIDAY FUNNY: Impromptu Food Court Chorale!

So often, the mall food court offers up a less than inspirational experience for patrons, employees, and people just passing through. But on November 13, 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch. Over 100 participants in this Christmas Flash Mob.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Smash Hit For Science!!!

After discovering that a large number of people involved in CERN projects are accomplished musicians, ATLAS has taken the amazing step of recording and releasing an album.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Computers Are Our Friends

For several decades, facility professionals have been told that technology will signal the dawning of a new age of efficiency and productivity. But anyone who has lost a presentation, a spreadsheet, a report, or an essential database due to a virus, worm, or other computer glitch would argue to the contrary...BIG time.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Potty Humor From Around The World

For facility professionals, restroom signs are pretty standard and straightforward. Or ARE they? Around the world, the universal language of biological necessity has a much more creative flair.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Computers Possessed By Evil Spirits

Now this prank has been knocking around online for more than a year, but I'm sure some people have never heard of it. It's pretty funny and purely harmless.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Bed Bugs Invade America!

A series of viral, campy animations has been hitting the Internet over the past few months. These timely snippets come from the Hong Kong-based company, Next Media Animation. The latest covers the recent outbreak of bed bug complaints.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Still Crying All The Way To The Bank?

This Friday Funny actually ends the week on a bittersweet note, particularly for those who consider themselves fans of the late great Liberace. After 31 years of operation, the Liberace Museum in Las Vegas will close its doors this Sunday, October 17, 2010.

FRIDAY FUNNY: That Noise? Oh, That Was Just My Chair…

A German inventor has come up with the Intelli Chair—a chair that emits sounds from seatbacks and cushions to suggest when users should make posture adjustments or take breaks from sitting.


This past week, there were two interesting elevator related news items. The first was a piece examining elevator rider body posture. The second explained the safest way to survive a free fall in an elevator.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Employee Training With Extra Cheese

In the 80s, certain industries went a bit overboard with employee training videos in a desperate attempt to train the largest number of people in the shortest period of time (and at the lowest cost). The results were cringe worthy.

Friday Funny: IKEA Goes To The Cats!

How did the facilities and operations people get 100 curious cats out—from behind walls (with power saws, apparently), exposed ceiling rafters, and all sorts of other unlikely places—in time to open one London area IKEA store to the public the next day?

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