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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.

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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: Read It And Weep!

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?

FRIDAY FUNNY: Cool In So Many Ways

The main goal of 2012Architecten is to re-purpose discarded materials in an attempt to divert trash from the waste stream. As architects and designers, they have the talent and creativity to fabricate truly fantastic things, like transforming old refrigerators and washing machines into a mobile ice cream stand!

FRIDAY FUNNY: Going Dutch/Deutsch

A metal strip down the middle of the EBC delineates one country from another, but for the facility management team, the gulf—in two languages—is much broader.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Hands Off My Stapler!

Furniter dealer OFM and Swingline, the makers of the iconic Red Swingline Stapler, have joined forces to launch the "Hands Off My Stapler Contest."

FRIDAY FUNNY: Food Follies

In the workplace, food can be the cause of much controversy. FacilityBlog has dedicated its Friday Funny space on numerous occasions to share tales of culinary indiscretion,

FRIDAY FUNNY: An Uplifting Superhero Story

In one hospital in London, UK, every effort has been made to tap into the restorative and positive powers so often associated with superheros.

FRIDAY FUNNY: You’ve Got To Pee It To Believe It

Earlier this year, Sega announced a bold diversification move; it was branching out into a new niche that had not been previously tapped by the big players in the gaming industry—urinals in public restrooms.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Mulligans On The Mall!

Combine your love for the building arts with a putter, ball, and one-of-a-kind mini-golf course designed by some of the region’s most creative architects, construction firms, urban planners, and designers.

FRIDAY FUNNY: No Exit

When it comes to practical jokes in the workplace, does the facility manager get involved?

FRIDAY FUNNY: 1, 2, 3…STRETCH!

For those looking for some extra stretches, here are a few, courtesy of Jockular, that might help make your horrible day just a bit better (by making you laugh, at least just a little).

FRIDAY FUNNY: Remember To Have Fun!

Having fun, laughing, and feeling good will improve health and performance, accelerate learning and memory, increase confidence and empower you to accomplish even more than you dreamed possible.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Hallmark Moments in the Workplace

The workplace...what hasn't already been said about it (that can be repeated here)? When all else fails, there are Someecards...for times when you care enough to hit send.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Cities From The Creative Comic Book Mind

In a style reminiscent of the 1927 film, "Metropolis," combined with the comic book look of The Adventures of Tintin, the talents of another Belgian comic artist, François Schuiten take make believe urban landscapes to new heights.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Watch Out For The Wild Chair

Approach this chair too quickly, and you won't have a very comfortable seat.

FRIDAY FUNNY: This Is Unacceptable!

A survey conducted by OfficeTeam reveals some interesting reasons people have left their jobs.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Why Workplace Logistics Matter

Sometimes what seemed like a great idea on paper doesn't turn out to be such a great idea in reality.

FRIDAY FUNNY: Following Up On Viral Geekiness

Last week's retro inspired MIT Tetris retrofit met its 21st century counterpart when one UC Berkeley freshman, Derek Low, transformed his dorm room into something as well.

Friday Funny: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a…SHARK???

This week's Friday Funny is another one from the "you have to see it to believe it" file. The world of weird architecture is...

Bonus Friday Funny: The Saddest Offices in the World Contest Winners (or Losers)

This week's bonus FF post comes courtesy of Wired magazine, which runs an annual Saddest-Cubicle contest. And since Wired caters to the IT audience,...

Weird Wednesday: Finding Neverland Among The Tumbleweeds

While the glitzy enclave once served as a happy retreat for many children (and some adults with overly developed Peter Pan complexes), the scene took on a sinister tone after Jackson's 2005 child molestation trial. The property has been left relatively unattended ever since, as Jackson became more reclusive and found it increasing difficult to maintain the property and pay its operations staff.

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