Evil Woman Doesn’t Let A Soldier Sit Down. What Happens Next Is Priceless. [via]
(I work engineering support late in the evening.)
Me: “Pennsylvania Support Center. How may I help you?”
Caller: “The cleaning crew just came through my office, and now my mouse doesn’t work. The cursor just jumps all over the screen randomly when I move it. They broke my mouse. I need a new one.”
Me: “You have a SPARCstation with an optical mouse, correct?”
Caller: “Yes, with the cool glass mouse-pad.”
(Old-school optical mice used to require special reflective mouse-pads with grids etched into their surfaces. To increase tracking resolution, the vertical and horizontal grids had slightly different spacing.)
Me: “Did the cleaning crew wipe down your desk?”
Me: “Did they move your mouse-pad?”
Caller: “What does that have to do with anything?”
Me: “Did your mouse-pad get rotated? Is the long edge of the mouse-pad now parallel to the edge of your desk?”
Caller: “I really don’t see why that’s relevant. I just want a new mouse!”
Me: “The orientation of the mouse-pad matters. The–”
(The caller cuts me off and starts to yell. I realize that I can actually hear his voice coming from down the hall.)
Caller: “Listen! Just open a ticket and have someone bring me a new mouse. I don’t have time for this. I design chips, so I know what I’m talking about. I probably designed the chip in the phone you’re stuck answering all day!”
(I take off my headset, walk down the hall, and walk into his office up to his desk.)
Caller: “…so don’t try to bulls*** me with, oh. Hold on, someone is in my office.”
(I reach down, and rotate his mouse-pad 90 degrees. I move the mouse, and the cursor happily moves around the screen as expected. I walk out of his office, back down the hall, sit down at my desk, and put my headset back on.)
Me: “Thank you for calling Pennsylvania Support Center. I trust I have resolved your case.”
Me: “You will be receiving your ticket number via email. Thank you.”
Always Listen To Your Tech Support[via]
The BGT Judges were treated to a little bit more than they bargained for during 27-year-old Lewis from London’s performance. The group, known as “Forbidden Nights” had the judges and audience breaking out in sweat. I think Simon Cowell is like marmite, you either love him or hate him. One thing is for sure though, he has helped push the Got Talent format to massive success.
As we all know it doesn’t take much to get Cowell all riled up, but this was textbook. When this performer goes on stage he very quickly starts struggling and has to stop. The crew suddenly rush on and start to take action.
Well Hello Boys! Feeling A Bit Hot Under The Collar Are We? Britain’s Got More Talent 2015 [source]
Stories like this, always have a way of putting the right perspective on life.
Jean Thompson stood in front of her fifth-grade class on the very first day of school in the fall and told the children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her pupils and said that she loved them all the same, that she would treat them all alike. And that was impossible because there in front of her, slumped in his seat on the third row, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed he didn’t play well with the other children, that his clothes were unkept and that he constantly needed a bath. And Teddy was unpleasant.
It got to the point during the first few months that she would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X’s and then marking the F at the top of the paper biggest of all. Because Teddy was a sullen little boy, no one else seemed to enjoy him, either.
At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child’s records and put Teddy’s off until last. When she opened his file, she was in for a surprise. His first-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright, inquisitive child with a ready laugh.” “He does his work neatly and has good manners…he is a joy to be around.”
His second-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an excellent student well-liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.”
His third-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy continues to work hard but his mother’s death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn’t show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”
Teddy’s fourth-grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class. He is tardy and could become a problem.”
By now Mrs. Thompson realized the problem, but Christmas was coming fast. It was all she could do, with the school play and all, until the day before the holidays began and she was suddenly forced to focus on Teddy Stoddard.
Her children brought her presents, all in beautiful ribbon and bright paper, except for Teddy’s, which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper of a scissored grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents.
Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of cologne. She stifled the children’s laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume behind the other wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed behind just long enough to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my mom used to.”
After the children left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing, and speaking. Instead, she began to teach children. Jean Thompson paid particular attention to one they all called “Teddy.”
As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. On days where there would be an important test, Mrs. Thompson would remember that cologne. By the end of the year he had become one of the smartest children in the class and…well, he had also become the “pet” of the teacher who had once vowed to love all of her children exactly the same.
A year later she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that of all the teachers he’d had in elementary school, she was his favorite. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy.
He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still his favorite teacher of all time.
Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he’d stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson she was still his favorite teacher.
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor’s degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still his favorite teacher, but that now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.
The story doesn’t end there. You see, there was yet another letter that Spring. Teddy said he’d met this girl and was to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering…well, if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the pew usually reserved for the mother of the groom. And guess what, she wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. And I bet on that special day, Jean Thompson smelled just like…well, just like the way Teddy remembered his mother smelling on their last Christmas together.
THE MORAL: You never can tell what type of impact you may make on another’s life by your actions or lack of action. Consider this fact in your venture thru life.
Source: Roger Knapp
When Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody” in 1975, they had no idea it was going to become one of the greatest songs of all time. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s “A Night at the Opera” album. This is Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody (Live at Rock Montreal, 1981) [HD]
Although it may sound like the band is singing with a choir in the background, the voices are actually the result of clever production elements such as multiple overdubs and operatic vocal arrangements. No matter how old you are, you know the lyrics of this song. It’s one of those hits that will forever be a classic and even the new generations consider it one of the greatest tracks of all time.
This Is One Of The Greatest Songs Of This Generation [via][h/t]
The Most Surprising Customer Ever. [via]
Dr. Simon Carley and his colleagues at the Centre for Evidence Based Emergency Care demonstrate an easy way to remove rings from swollen fingers using the strap from a doctor’s mask. This is a good alternative to cutting off rings from patients’ fingers.
Removing A Ring From A Swollen Finger [via]
Amazon Prime’s newest commercial will tug on your heartstrings. The little dog has trouble getting through the park on his bad leg, so his owner does something to fix the problem!
Little Flash The Dog And His Struggle Through The Park With A Bad Leg. [via]
The lawyer, assuming he could make some easy money, wanted to play a game with the blonde; he would ask her a question, and if she could not answer, she would pay him $5. Then she would ask him a question, and if he could not answer, he would pay her $5.
The blonde had no interest in playing with the the lawyer, so he offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5. But every time he could not answer hers, he’d give her $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the blonde reluctantly accepted.
The lawyer first asked, “What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?”
The blonde thought about it for about a minute, and decided she did not know the answer. So she gave him his $5.
She then asked, “What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?”
Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous phone calls, trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the blonde $50.00
The blonde put the $50 into her purse without comment, but the lawyer insisted, “What is the answer to your question?”
Without saying a word, the blonde handed him $5.
Meet Sammy, a baby miniature horse (a mini mini horse!) who is possibly the cutest we’ve ever seen.
Miniature Horse Chasing Human Dad. [via]