March 23, 2009

Well Trained

Filed under: humor — unwriter1 @ 6:07 pm

“9? Back to the drawing board!”How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb? Let’s count:

One committee chair
Seven committee members to arrive at the concept
Four engineers on the actual design committee
One lead engineer to oversee this committee
Three technicians to develop the prototype
Two test technicians
Two technical writers to write the manual

Then the original eight-committee members are joined by the five design engineers (four plus the lead engineer), to ensure the prototype meets spec. This process is repeated several times over a period of many weeks. Then the manual, over several more days, is passed up the chain of command for signatures. Once all have signed, the manual is published. Now they are ready to change the light bulb, only to discover a janitor did it when the first committee was meeting.

Meanwhile back at the boss’s office (the one with the new light bulb), the lead engineer came back with the design specifications. Two replaced the nine; however, these were not your run-of-the-mill two. A set of sensors measured the necessary cutting area. Another set of sensors determined the correct depth and angle.

By using nano technology, a computer chip was developed that allowed the two blades to continuously change. They had finally developed the fully automatic razor for both men and women. Like the other multiblade razors, it had a replacement blade that was packaged with it. The watch battery powered computer was in the handle. This handy little unit sold at the giveaway price of under thirty dollars. The real profit was in batteries (fifty dollars) and blades (two hundred dollars but each one would last at least five years).

Ah, I agree it would be cheaper to just buy a new kit. But that’s not easy since before using these razors, you have to call in for your code number. That specification committee figured out all the angles.

Originally the engineers wanted nine blades, but the head engineer yelled back to the drawing board so loud it scared the light bulb to death.



  1. HA! OK, this has got to be one of the top 5 ever posts. Loved it.

    Comment by Marvin D Wilson — March 23, 2009 @ 6:17 pm | Reply

  2. Wow. These will make beards more popular then ever! LOL. Another cool post, Ron Twain!

    Comment by Carol — March 23, 2009 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  3. You out did yourself this time, great blog! Thank you for letting me visit.

    Cindy Hernandez

    Comment by Cindy Hernandez — March 23, 2009 @ 8:43 pm | Reply

  4. heheheheh, i love it. i’m going to pass this to my son, who wants to be an engineer, either mechanical or aeronitical. 🙂

    Comment by mel campos — March 23, 2009 @ 9:39 pm | Reply

  5. If it’s one of those new long loasting light bulbs, you need to be very careful. If it breaks, you’ve got a hazmat problem.

    Morgan Mandel

    Comment by Morgan Mandel — March 24, 2009 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  6. great twist to an old joke. Well done.

    Comment by apb148 — March 25, 2009 @ 3:08 pm | Reply

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