Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Busts Belly Dancer

Pretending to be too disabled to work is nothing new. People have been doing it probably for as long as there has been work to do. Of course, usually you'd try and keep your lies a secret rather than posting evidence on a blog that you've been scamming your ex husband out of alimony.

Some of the quotes from the woman's testimony definitely point to her missing a few marbles. When you post online that "belly dancing is the reason why [you] adore [yourself] so much," then I'm going to go ahead and say you've got more issues to deal with than just alimony payments.

File that under belly dancing versus free money

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Web Coders Wanted: Nude

Last week I posted a link to survey results showing some pretty oddball questions some people have to go through during the interview process. This week I bring you news of a company looking for web coders that has one very unique request - nudity required.

The link above goes to the video report detailing how the company is requiring all employees (and all potential employees during the interview process) to leave their clothes at home. The owner claims the desire to create a nudist supportive environment, though you always have to wonder if something more sinister is at work when nudity is involved.

I say good for him if it's actually non sexual in nature and purely for comfort and principals. Of course, you'd have to think potential sexual harassment issues would be enough of a deterrent to attempt such an office policy.

File that under bloggin' in the nude.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Oddball Interviewer Questions

In a tough job market you better be ready to wow potential employers during the interview process. Of course, that may be easier said than done if they decide to throw out an oddball question specifically designed to rattle you.

I've actually already heard of some of the questions mentioned in the article, such as "How do you weigh an elephant without using a weight machine?" though there are a few pretty funny ones in there that I think you could have some fun with if you were ever asked.

For instance, if they asked you "Rate on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.", I'd say "10" and then follow it by "but I won't tell you whether or not 1 or 10 is the weird end of the scale."

Or for the Google question "How many basketballs can you fit in this room?" I'd say with a completely straight and somber face "None. I'm actually deathly allergic to the material basketballs are made from. Both my sister and I are... I mean were. She died when she was seven due to a freak basketball related accident."

I mean think about it. If you were an employer asking one of these types of questions, your goal is twofold. First, you want to see how the candidate thinks on their feet. And second, you want to see a little bit of their personality shine thru. If you are able to entertain your interviewer with a clever, quirky answer, you can guarantee they won't forget you.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Borders Sign Directs Customers to Amazon for Restrooms

In case you hadn't heard, Borders recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in February. As such, many stores having been slowly closing down. An employee at once such store decided to post a sign telling customers there are no restrooms and to try Amazon instead.

It's definitely a funny sign even if it does seem motivated by a little bitterness. Many thought Amazon would be the death of brick-and-mortar book stores and it has been for quite a few. It's definitely a little sad to see such a big chain like Borders go bye bye, but then again, they were the death of a lot of smaller book stores when they first came around so maybe it's a little karma going on.

File that under the internet strikes again.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Fool's 2011 Internet Pranks

Nick has sent in an infographic that covers some past April Fool's Day internet pranks as well as the this years top April Fool's internet pranks. It's also got a list of Google's pranks for each year, which are usually some of the most celebrated jokes every April Fool's Day.

If the large graphic is too tough to read, you can also check out a good list of top pranks websites have done below the graphic. Sites like YouTube, Groupon, ThinkGeek, and Reddit all make an appearance.

Of course, the day has just begun so there is sure to be a whole bunch more online pranks coming. Just remember to keep that in mind every time you read a headline today that seems too good (or bad) to be true.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

April Fool's Day Warning

While I like how April Fool's Day gives us all a great excuse to try out some office pranks, I must admit there's a downside to the holiday. I've put up a poem dedicated to that downside, which describes the insanity that is online news during April Fool's.

So when you wake up tomorrow morning and check out some of the headlines, just try to remember most of them are likely complete B.S. Of course, knowing that more and more people expect fake headlines on April Fool's Day, many sites are likely to start their jokes early, so be sure to use some healthy skepticism when you read online articles for the next few days.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Office Prank: Hacked Startup

This prank idea comes from The Daily WTF and is so simple and quick to do that you should be able to set it up for April Fool's Day no problem. All you really need to do is record your voice (or anybody's voice) and record a message saying that the computer has been hacked. You then put that sound file in the startup folder on your victim's computer and next time they turn on their computer, they'll get a nice little greeting.

Of course, because this prank is so basic, there's a good chance it won't really fool anybody that's even remotely familiar with how computers work. However, there are still many people that are still pretty clueless when it comes to computers and as such, would make the perfect victims here. Also, make sure you disguise your voice somehow or use somebody's voice that the victim won't recognize because that'd be a dead giveaway if they figured out it was you on the sound file.

Now you don't have to go the whole "hacked' route with the sound file. You could also go for playing some sort of embarassing sound recording instead. That way it won't matter if they know exactly how you did it, because the prank isn't to scare them, it's embarass them. You could record some disgusting sounds (farts, burps, etc.), or some raunchy sounds (such as sexual noises, though you gotta be careful about that one in a work environment), or simply have the recording say something that would embarass the victim like "[victim's name] has the hots for [some other coworker's name]".

Obviously this prank does require the victim to have speakers. If they don't usually have their speakers on when they turn on their computer, just be sure you get there first and turn them on for them.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Happy Hour During Work?

So apparently more and more companies are bringing out the booze during regular work hours. Sure, it's mostly Silicon Valley startups that are doing it right now, but hey, you can always dream of the alcohol policies coming to an office near you.

A few of the examples given were relating stories of when alcohol was given out in celebration during the day, which isn't really all that weird. The example where company Yelp constantly provides a never-ending supply of beer to employees is a bit more extreme. I do like how you have to swipe your badge to drink and that it records every ounce you have. Guess it's a different way of finding out who the alcoholics are.

File that under call me when there's a never-ending supply of Mountain Dew.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Manager Sues for Being Forced to Visit Jersey

There are always a bunch of silly lawsuits where the plaintiffs claim "depression" and "anguish" as major factors in them demanding millions of compensation for seemingly benign "issues". Case in point, a manager for design house Elie Tahari is seeking $2 million for occasionally being asked to drive to "unstylish" New Jersey.

I've heard of rough work conditions, but having to check out stores in an area that you don't think is quite stylish enough seems like it'd be pretty low on my list of grievances. Then again, I'm not in the fasion industry so perhaps visiting New Jersey is just as bad as some of those labor camps in third world countries. To be fair, the manager also cites possible discrimination due to his background, which is definitely something to bring issue about, but it sure sounds like the unstylish New Jersey seems tot be the main factor for his lawsuit.

File that under unfashionable lawsuit.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hooters Providing Doctors Note to Skip Out on Work

If you're looking to watch the NCAA tournament this Thursday or Friday and you're looking for an excuse to skip out on work, Hooters may have you covered by offering a free appetizer and a downloadable doctor's note.

While I'm pretty sure the note wouldn't hold up as genuine at your office, you it may be let off the hook for originality - though probably not. At least you'd still get that free appetizer out of the deal.

File that under juicy... uh.. wings.