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A new group was formed at my work called the "Business Information Group" using the acronym BIG. The Information Technology department for this group added the initials IT to this acronym. Recently they had mugs ordered with the letters BIGIT. It was only after these mugs showed up on many desks that someone from another department asked "You guys are calling yourself bigots?"

They didn't return the mugs, but they do turn them around so the letters BIGIT are not facing outward.
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This reminded me of a story from childhood. In sixth grade one of the tough kids in the class decided to put on the back of his new leather jacket "Hell's Angels." But he spelled it "Hell's Angles." This misspelling was gleefully pointed out to him by the nerdier elements of the class (okay, me). Unfortnately for him, there was no way to correct it without ruining the jacket. And he couldn't afford a new leather jacket, so he lived with it. I guess he figured most people wouldn't notice. I like to think he was wrong about that.
 
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Mar 10, 2009
My brother has been a tattoo fan for ages and he told me that he read in a magazine that some guy wanted a huge bold-lettered tattoo all over his back, saying: 'CALIFORNIA'. Too bad the guy from the tattooshop wrote 'CALIFORNORNIA' instead.
Karolien
 
 
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Mar 8, 2009
I used to correct my teachers' spelling mistakes when they were writing on the blackboard. Must have been great for them to have a Grade Four kid telling them they spelled 'sovereign' incorrectly. Not sure I would have taken on a Hell's Angle, though--math wasn't my best subject.

Hard to believe I wasn't a more of a teacher's pet, really...
 
 
Mar 5, 2009
aghhhh. I fixed it to read "you're" not "your"....REALLY!
 
 
Mar 5, 2009
Today in class ( I teach), a bright kid was at first eager to put his answer on the board, but then hesitated.
I asked why, and he expressed a fear of being incorrect and being thought stupid. I comforted him, saying "Relax, they already think your stupid.<wink> How much worse can it get?"
To which "Johnny" shouted out ,"Yeah! You're stupid!"
I smiled, and offered, "Yes Johnny, I know you think that, but nobody really cares what you think, right class?"<wink>
Of course, as I expected, the answer given was perfect.
We have so much fun. I feel bad for people who hate their job.
 
 
Mar 5, 2009
We visited Universal Studios recently. They had shirts on clearance, so my son bought one to show his friends at school that he was in Hollywood. The T-Shirt made a solid point about the cleanliness of the area as it proudly proclaimed - "My friend went to Hollywood and all he bought me was this lousey T-Shirt".

Obviously this was on clearance because it did not live up to its promise. Not one of use has had lice recently.
 
 
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Mar 4, 2009
We have a BIG section where I work and the IT people also had BIG IT mugs, although ours separated the BIG and IT by a fair amount of space, maybe they were paying attention. However, our BIG section was recently dissolved as it was deemed to be just another useless layer of management. That is not how the memo read, the euphemism streamlining was used.
 
 
Mar 4, 2009
It seems you walked a thin line in confronting the bully and cornering him about the Hell's Angles jacket. Had he suffered acute anguish from the incident, it could have become a protracted situation which would have been difficult to terminate, almost infinite, considering the obtusity of the subject.
 
 
Mar 3, 2009
Are you sure we wasn't in the geometry club?
 
 
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Mar 3, 2009
I think I spotted a minor typo...

You wrote: [Unfortnately for him, there was no way to correct it without ruining the jacket. And he couldn't afford a new leather jacket, so he lived with it.]

I think you meant: [Unfortnately for him, there was no way to correct it without ruining the jacket. And he couldn't afford a new leather jacket, so he beat the crap out of me at recess.]
 
 
Mar 3, 2009
I've misspelled 'angles' to 'angels', 'which' to 'witch' and 'otherwise' to 'other vise' and 'other vice'.
And these are only the ones I know I often misspell.

Maybe my subconscious is trying to tell me I should move from engineering to writing fantasy.
 
 
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Mar 3, 2009
When Canada's two right of centre political parties were attempting their first merger a couple of years ago, they originally announced the new party name would be the Conservative-Reform Alliance Party. By the time official naming day came however they went in a slightly different direction, presumably because they realised that some people might feel uneasy about voting for C.R.A.P.
 
 
Mar 3, 2009
A similar story. My brother saw a graffiti laden sign in LA one time where the artist was trying to say that Satan Rules. As we have seen, education and graffiti rarely go hand in hand. Instead he had sprayed up there "Satin Rules" Then again...maybe he was a clothing designer and really liked the way satin feels.
 
 
Mar 3, 2009
this was an internal (non-customer facing) system and was caught/changed before it launched but when I worked for the wireless division of a larGeTElecom (long since merged away) I attented a meeting in Houston for the launch of a new product called "Tele-Go" which was a short-lived attempt at hybrid landline/cellular service (don't ask/it flopped/we wrote off a bunch of $). the name of the system for tracking the (leased) customer base stations was changed at the last minute to "RITS" (pronounced "ritz" as in crackers), or "rental inventory tracking system" after someone realized what the actual "Tele-Go" version of that acronym was. again, caught before launched but injected a good laugh into an otherwise mind-numbingly boring meeting...
 
 
Mar 3, 2009
True story: I worked for a company that one day announced that its name had been officially changed to "Transcore Intelligent Transportation Systems." We all appreciated the new acronym.
 
 
Mar 3, 2009
I used to work for a multi-national, who had a civil engineering subsidiary Genrec (They built Dubai's Burj el Arab BTW). I worked with a lady who started out on reception there - she had to answer the phone "General !$%*!$%* Company, how may I help you."

She said after the hundredth snide comment, she didn't find it funny any more.

BTW I just forgot my password (my Firefox password backup add-on didn't work). The email text made my day! Y'all have to try it.
 
 
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Mar 3, 2009
I used to work for a company called Strachan & Henshaw in the Information Systems department.

While it was never explicitly said, i think there was a good reason we weren't known as the Strachan & Henshaw Information Technology department.

Chris
 
 
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Mar 3, 2009
Someone at my friend's school one wrote "GHENT" in large letters on the back of my friend's coat. He was never satisfactorally able to explain why "GHENT".
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
A while back on the FAIL blog, they had a picture of an arab protest. One guy was holding up a BIG sign which said: KILL THE JUICE.

In California non-empty aerosol cans are considered hazardous waste when you discard them. One of the guys at work, in an attempt to be helpful, stenciled this on the drum:
WASTE AROUSAL CANS

Unfortunately, I laughed when I saw it and complimented him on his cleverness. The next day it was spray-painted over.
 
 
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Mar 2, 2009
Hell's Angle: 66.6 degrees.

It's like one of those really bad one panel cartoons that make you nostaligic for the Far Side.
 
 
Mar 2, 2009
I am black, by the way, so I'm allowed to say !$%*!$%*!
 
 
 
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