Commercial building and facilities management resources for corporate facility executives, building operators and facility managers in all industry and service sectors. Friday Funny articles below.
What happens when the activities of a madcap group of overworked, frustrated architects is chronicled in the form of an old fashioned black and white comic strip? The result is a clever Web offering called Architexts. While originally created for the amusement of architectural professionals, some facility managers (and others in related fields) may also find it humorous.
The Silver Spring, MD-based headquarters building of the Discovery Channel has experienced an upgrade in honor of its "Shark Week" programming—the structure was transformed into a gigantic shark.
The 120 room Travelodge has been built from 86 high strength steel containers which were constructed and fitted with the hotel room's fixture and fittings in Shenzen, China. Transported to England by boat, they were then put on a truck and fitted together like giant Lego blocks.
In 2009, Volkwagen launched a campaign it called "the fun theory" to encourage members of the creative community to invent practical, enjoyable, and easy ways for people to change themselves for the better.
No joke, in this board game from the 1970s called Offshore Oil Strike, each player has hazards like fire, blow-out, broken pipes, and much more to deal with in order to be declared the big winner.
It's a table! No, it's a display case! It's a science project! No, it's all of the above (and so much more)!
The retro-technology, called "biomonitoring," uses live honeybees to gauge air pollution levels from jet exhaust and ground transportation vehicles used in and around the facilities. The honey is taken from these bees is then tested for impurities.
Working at a place like Nintendo sounds like a fun job for anyone who enjoys the gaming experience. But in reality, it's still a job, just like any other--especially in terms of facility management issues.
How high are tensions running in the energy industry down in Louisiana? At one company, the president makes the link between improper swivel chair usage and the BP oil spill.
According to a CareerBuilder survey of more than 2,700 hiring managers, some candidates make unusual, and sometimes unfavorable, interview mistakes.
If you wear a coordinated uniform to work, you’re following what amounts to fashion advice from the great Greek philosopher Aristotle who proclaimed, “The whole is more than sum of its parts.” So go Greek and put on a toga if you want to dress for success.
For one facility, the question was not "how to build a better mousetrap" it was "how to build a better fish ramp?"
Ever been forced to make a hiring decision that you regretted? Or have you ever been made to feel completely unpopular as the new hire on the block? Here's a brief skit from the BBC program, "Big Train," depicting just that sentiment.
In light of all of the crazy news this week, this Friday Funny is all about relieving stress. And what says stress relief best? MINDLESS VIDEO GAMES, of course. The folks over at Adult Swim have created a treasure trove of truly hilarious time wasters.
Imagine the reaction of pedestrians as they walked past this sight: the rear end of a vehicle hanging out of the seventh story of a high rise building in downtown Tulsa, OK. Was it performance art? Nope. It was just a case of REALLY bad parking.
There are some workplaces where a visit from the kids should last no more than a few minutes at the most.
Anyone on the market for a keyboard should check out these unusual offerings.
In a time when budgets have been cut to the bone and fringe benefits are merely a fading memory, workers at the Carlsberg brewery in Denmark are walking out. Why? A new policy only permits workers to consume beer during lunch hour...and only in the employee cafeteria.
From self check out grocery stores to coffee machines to car washes, automation is everywhere. But where's automation when you really need it, like in 24/7 convenience stores, for instance?
For those of you who need a morale boost, check this little gem out for the perfect excuse. And for anyone stuck playing truant officer, well, this resource is essential!
In facilities management, training and education are essential parts of the job. The same holds true to an even greater extent in military training (which can actually be humorous, as illustrated by these quotes from military training manuals)!
Staircases are just staircases, right? Well, not always. Sometimes, a clever designer taps the talents of a diligent engineer, and the results can be pretty impressive.
Many people are starting to get a bit punchy from all of this snow. And while some folks are fortunate enough to be able to work from home, the news reporters just aren't so lucky. Check out these videos, if you don't think it's tough out there.
Lighting influences how wine tastes and how much consumers are willing to pay for it, theNLB reports, citing conclusions drawn from a series of three German experiments in which more than 500 people tasted white Riesling wines.
Economy up, economy down, one thing remains the same: love is in the air at the office. Nearly four-in-ten (37%) workers said they have dated a co-worker at some time during their careers, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey. So happy Valentine's Day!
Got $100,000? Got loads of office paper that's ready for recycling? Well, one Japanese firm will soon be releasing the perfect solution: White Goat.
In Houston, TX, the public will no longer be subjected to inflatable marketing devices. This comes after a recent incident on a shopping center rooftop, when an out-of-control blowup gorilla deflated and caused a fire.
Enjoy this humorous retro look at dangers in the common workplace, courtesy of the Safetycare channel on YouTube.
The engineering mind is a fascinating thing. When an engineer comes on the scene, the most common objects—a stack of pennies, for instance—can be transformed into just about any architectural masterpiece.
While these little tidbits have absolutely nothing to do with facility management, they seemed worthy of Friday Funny posting.
Here's a collection of interesting holiday decorating ideas from around the world.
This little gem has been floating around the Internet this week, but I thought it would be appropriate to share with anyone in the construction/facilities/building profession who may have missed it.
What happens when you incorporate the (sometimes) tedious concept of recycling into one of the most popular, yet controversial programs on television? Check out these clips from the folks who bring you "Family Guy."
Many members of the facility management profession have a natural knack for engineering. For those folks, this humorous list of toolbox items may sound frustratingly familiar...