Date: Mon, 5 May 1997 17:18:07 -0400 (EDT)
True Stories of Induhviduals
Those wacky Induhviduals continue to amuse. Here are some more true
sighting submitted by DNRC operatives, edited to conceal the identities of
Sign in a gas station: Coke -- 49 cents. Two for a dollar
True conversation with an airline:
DNRC Member: "I'm traveling on your airline next week and I need to carry
on some equipment. What is the maximum size of luggage I can bring with
Airline Rep: "62 inches."
DNRC Member: (puzzled) "That's just one number. I have a 3-dimensional
object I want to carry on."
Airline Rep: (suspiciously) "So....you SAY you have a 3-dimensional
The conversation did not improve after that.
(I got six versions of this story.)
I was signing the receipt for my credit card purchase when the clerk
noticed that I had never signed my name on the back of the credit card.
She informed me that she could not complete the transaction unless the card
was signed. When I asked why, she explained that it was necessary to
compare the signature on the credit card with the signature I just signed
on the receipt.
So I signed the credit card in front of her. She carefully compared that
signature to the one I signed on the receipt. As luck would have it, they
Warning to All Induhviduals:
At a grocery store in San Jose, they have new credit card/bank card readers
at the checkout stands. If you don't know how to orient your card to swipe
it through the reader, the checkout person will say, "Strip down, face
Editor's Note: Am I wrong, or is this just asking for trouble?
A customer at a sub shop ordered "a small soda." The owner responded, "I'm
sorry, sir, but we don't have small, just medium and large." (Both cost 99
The kicker came when the customer, a rather well-dressed business type
(boss?), disappointedly said, "Okay, I guess I'll just have to have the
Induhviduals Display Their General Knowledge:
After interviewing a particularly short-spoken job candidate, I described
the person to my boss as rather monosyllabic. My boss said, "Really? Where
Thinking that he was just kidding, I played along and said that it was just
south of Elbonia. He replied, "Oh, you mean over by Croatia?"
Advice for Induhviduals:
An actual tip from page 16 of the HP "Environmental, Health & Safety
Handbook for Employees."
"Blink your eyelids periodically to lubricate your eyes."
Induhviduals Leverage Their Synergies:
The managers got together and decided that the problem with our department
was that it needed a new name. They met several times, amounting to
hundreds of work hours spent. In the end they changed the name from
"Information Technology" to "Technology and Information."
Editor's Note: Good move. That should eliminate that feeling of doom
pervading the staff.
Induhviduals Helping Induhviduals:
Overheard in the office supply megastore, a man asks a store clerk, "Where
can I buy some JPEG?" The store clerk directed the customer to the Service
Induhviduals in the Neighborhood
I live in a semi-rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local
township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing
sign on our road.
The reason: Many deer were being hit by cars and he no longer wanted them
to cross there.
Induhviduals and Computers:
My neighbor works in the operations department in the central office of a
large bank. Employees in the field call him when they have problems with
their computers. One night he got a call from a woman in one of the branch
banks who had this question:
"I've got smoke coming from the back of my terminal. Do you guys have a
Induhviduals Are Easy To Please
I was sitting in my science class, when the teacher commented that the next
day would be the shortest day of the year. My lab partner became visibly
excited, cheering and clapping. I explained to her that the amount of
daylight changes, not the actual amount of time. Needless to say, she was
Induhviduals In Food Services
My daughter went to a local Taco Bell and ordered a taco. She asked the
Induhvidual behind the counter for "minimal lettuce." He said he was
sorry, but they only had iceberg.