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» Corporate Idiocy

Mackeson Drinker's story reminded me of this
A mate of mine used to work for the Ministry of Agriculture (MAFF).

He was recruited to MAFF in the mid 90s. One of his tasks was to check the amount of oil they had in store and report it to another department.

The report had developed over a long time. It had been put on a spreadsheet, and charts had been made from the figures.

Not being one of nature's civil servants, he phoned the other department and asked what they did with the report. They said they looked at it and then filed it away. They didn't do anything with the actual figures.

He decided to get to the bottom of the report. After some time, he found out that the report was originally asked for during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Most departments had been told the report was no longer necessary. Not so MAFF. So, a civil servant had been assigned to produce this oil report for around 40 years, for no reason whatsoever.

Good old British Civil Service.
(Fri 24th Feb 2012, 23:43, More)

» Losing it

Magic
Last night I picked up a bag of salad to put it in the fridge. By the time I got to the fridge, it had magically turned in to a dvd of the Shawshank Redemption.
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God is dead?

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» First World Problems

Oh noes!
My control key has come off my laptop, and I can't get it back on! Whatever will I do?
(Sun 4th Mar 2012, 12:38, More)
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