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

Graphic novels are big business, and so is Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric. With the release of “Political Power: Jack Welch," aspiring business moguls must take note: when a graphic novel comes out about you, you're officially a success.

FRIDAY FUNNY: GE’s Jack Welch – Power Broker Or Comic Book Hero?

FRIDAY FUNNY: GE’s Jack Welch – Power Broker Or Comic Book Hero?

Graphic novels are big business, and so is Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric. With the release of “Political Power: Jack Welch," aspiring business moguls must take note: when a graphic novel comes out about you, you're officially a success.

FRIDAY FUNNY: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations…And Workplace Consequences

Apparently, folks have already started gearing up for St. Patrick's day, which means some employers are preparing for productivity slumps later in the day. These will begin with Friday afternoon liquid lunch lags and stretch into Monday hangover "sick day" call outs.

FRIDAY FUNNY: How Far Can Data Center Energy Savings Take You? (INFOGRAPHIC!)

This Friday Funny is more fun than funny, since it takes facility managers on a little journey to illustrate the effectiveness of energy savings in data centers.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Mind Blowing Rubik’s Cube Juggling AND Solving

Check out Ravi Fernando, aka "Sir Ravi the Juggler," a Standford University mathematics undergraduate student who can solve a Rubik's Cube while juggling.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Not All Field Tests Are Successful

Two goofy engineers have their way with some technology and prove that not every field test is a success.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Late Again? Try One Of These Excuses!

Traffic is the most common culprit causing tardiness according to 31% of workers. But not all employees blame jammed roads.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Outgoing Energy Secretary Chu Gets Parody Farewell From the ONION

Chu was viewed by many as a formidable foil on several controversial subjects—ranging from climate change to hydraulic fracturing to the viability of nuclear power in a post-Fukushima age. However, few of his critics could anticipate one aspect of Chu's character: his unflappable sense of humor.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Bovine Boosters Buoy Bowl

On the farm in Michigan, methane gas is being captured before it enters the atmosphere. This action generates registered carbon credits, which Entergy is purchasing to offset greenhouse gas emissions from Super Bowl-related activities.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Going Gaga Over Neverland

Either the eccentric songstress is purely seeking publicity or she is genuinely enthusiastic over the prospect of taking on a project more massive than Michael Jackson's plastic surgery obsession....or both.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Hand Sanitizer To The Rescue!

Nothing about having the flu is particularly funny, but one man's attempt to exploit his germs is certainly weird, if not comical. Last year, Fred Parker of Coolspring Township, OH attempted to hold up a local business in Sharon, PA by threatening to spread an antibiotic resistant staph infection.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Ditch The Denim—Dust Off The Tux?

Some employees are taking the concept of dressing up to the extreme, sporting top hats and their "Sunday best" on Fridays. For them, the idea is to break the monotony of flip flops and flannel; some West Coast companies also like to do it in order to surprise East Coast guests who may be visiting for a meeting.

FRIDAY FUNNY: The Top 10 Worst Smells

Next time you spray on that new fragrance beware—you may be turning off the very people you want to impress. A new study reveals the top 10 odors that can have a powerful and negative impact on our olfactory senses.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Can A New Office Chair Help Melt Away The Winter Blahs?

Some workplace experts suggest escaping the office winter blues with bright colors: cheerful shades can help workers beat seasonal doldrums.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Infrastructure Gets An Extra Bounce

Is there any new approach to infrastructure that hasn't already been tried? A trampoline! At Russia's Archstoyanie festival, that was the answer delivered by the Estonian architectural studio, Salto.

FRIDAY FUNNY: E-Mail Privacy Measures Protect Infamous Interoffice Exchanges

On Thursday, November 29, 2012 the Senate Judiciary Committee took action to make it more difficult for law enforcement officials to access old e-mails without a warrant. And while privacy advocates are applauding the move, it would be hard to deny the fact that the new law would have put the following fictitious e-mail exchange "off limits."

FRIDAY FUNNY: Workplace One Liners

These little workplace humor tidbits were originally posted by Lane Olinghouse. Feel free to add your own in the comments section or share over the table at Thanksgiving (or any family dinner, for that matter).

FRIDAY FUNNY: Some Post-Hurricane Humor

Post Hurricane Sandy, there is no simple way to make things better immediately for those still recovering from the storm, but here are few humorous thoughts to help make the mood a little lighter for facility managers who are struggling with the aftermath of the emergency.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Accentuate The Positive, Eliminate The Negative

One innovative and mobile app enabled device could provide a place for people to relieve themselves outside while turning a nuisance (public urination) into a nutrient for hungry bamboo biofilters.

FRIDAY FUNNY: October 23 is Punch Your Co-Worker Day!!

Study the rules, break out your list of folks who you want to punch the living day lights out of, and get to it.....and have a great day!

FRIDAY FUNNY: Read It And Weep!

In celebration of the 161st anniversary of Herman Melville's great American novel, Moby Dick, find out what lengths a person will go to when prompted by a dare.

FRIDAY FUNNY BONUS: Men Caught Dirty Handed When It Comes To Good Hygiene

With Global Handwashing Day, just around the corner (October 15), a new survey reveals insight into Americans’ handwashing habits and it's not pretty. Consumer awareness of the importance of hand hygiene is grossly exaggerated, according to the survey findings.

FRIDAY FUNNY: 60 Finalists Named in “Prettiest Painted Places” Competition

PQI began its search for the “prettiest painted places” by contacting state departments of tourism, convention and visitors’ bureaus, chambers of commerce, historical societies, and Main Street programs in all 50 states. Eventually, nearly 200 towns and neighborhoods were nominated in the competition.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Play The Game And Save The Planet!

Imagine if you had the power to make the world a better place…how would you do it? Would you discover new ideas by playing a board game based on the concept of sustainability?

FRIDAY FUNNY: CDC Helps Facility Managers Prep For The Zombie Apocalypse!

The CDC is taking the tongue in cheek approach to disaster preparedness in order to catch the attention of those who might not take the subject seriously otherwise. So remember, if you're prepared for zombies, you're prepared for anything.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Jumanji Comes To JFK Airport

Last summer, New York's JFK Airport was invaded by turtles—more than 100 of the diamondback terrapins slowly made their way across the tarmac, causing flight delays and generally wreaking havoc at the busy airport. At a news conference on September 20, 2012, Port Authority commissioners approved plans for a world class, $32 million animal handling facility at JFK. Terrapins welcome!

FRIDAY FUNNY: I ♥ Dirty Hands!

Facility management professionals are never afraid to get their hands dirty. Some even look for excuses to roll up their sleeves and get into the trenches with members of their maintenance crews. If you're itching to be rewarded (rather than scolded) for your dirty hands, jump in for your chance to win a trip to the Dakar 2013 rally.

FRIDAY FUNNY: A Happy Workplace Or A Sad Workplace?

Within the past few weeks, two studies examining the subject of happiness in the workplace have been released. And interestingly enough, the results were completely different. Where does your workplace fit? Is the glass half empty (as in the PARADE/Yahoo! Finance poll)? Or is it half full (as in the Marketplace/Gallup poll)?

FRIDAY FUNNY: It’s Not What You Think…

According to the original image, this is "Viagra's head office in Toronto, Canada. Seriously, it is!" At least according to the meme. Alas, this is not true. So where is this place and is the shrubbery placement significant? Turns out, the "unfortunate topiary" may indeed be fitting.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Restrooms Will Never Be The Same

An IT In The Toilet study shows Americans aren’t spending alone time alone: habits behind closed stalls have been modified by increased cell phone usage.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Engineering A Sense Of Humor

This Friday Funny features a collection of clever jokes for and about engineers. And with an intro like that, who can resist?

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