Oh my giggle !

@topffer (35529)
France
August 27, 2015 7:55am CST
A female colleague has a Phd in Art History and Archeology, but her thesis was all about architecture and she lacks the basics when it comes to identify the material found on her excavations. With humility, she would find easily somebody to help her, but it is not her best quality : she is not far to think that she knows everything about anything. In the past, she was showing me her ceramics finds, but I teased her a bit about her vast knowledge, and she brought her material to another colleague. I got the giggles today when a colleague told me her last misadventure. She recently emailed to... let's say a prestigious place..., some photos of a coin that she found in an excavation last July to confirm her identification as a 16th C coin from king Henri III. They confirmed her that it was a... roman coin from the third Century coin. It is approximately the same than confusing a bottle of bleach with a bottle of coca-cola, and I suppose that everyone will know the story in a few days. She should better buy some earplugs now. Did you got the giggles at work because of a huge error/mistake done by one of your colleagues/coworkers ?
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@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Aug 15
Day before yesterday one of the male programmers walked up to one of the women in my office and told her he split his pants. What was she supposed to do with that? We were laughing hysterically over that one....
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
27 Aug 15
I do believe that that's the point where you start sending him Spongebob clips ("I split my pants!") and never let him live it down. :) New nicknames never hurt, either.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
He should have asked around for a needle and thread to have a complete success.
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@1wldngl (3991)
• United States
27 Aug 15
hahahahahahaaa.....
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
27 Aug 15
It happened when I was developing my first software application and I am sure at least a duo would have giggled when I forgot to take a backup of the Application I was developing and the Hard Disk crashed. The due date was just two days ahead and there were two others who wanted me out of the Company. I know it was their plan but at the end of it they forgot that I am still the best amongst them. I had officially no backups ready and they had started to believe that I will be sacked as this was a big Government Project - the Hon'ble Chief Minister and many other VVIPs were to attend (and get their wishes fulfilled). The duo even Lobbied with the CEO and said many things against me. The CEO who had faith in me took me to task and said that whatever I do, he doesnt care, but he does need everything at place on the final day. I agreed and said, dont worry, I will do it from Scratch. I delivered (thanks to the copies of work I had with me, still unofficial) and the CEO was so very impressed, I got a hike in salary and a promotion to be the boss of the duo.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
I would not get a giggle for a hard disk crash, it is unfair to laugh on a real misfortune. Some coworkers can be really jealous. It is a good thing that your CEO trusted you ! The worst, for me, would have been to become the boss of those two miserable creatures. I hope that you did not got any trouble from them later ?
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@thesids (22358)
• Bhubaneswar, India
27 Aug 15
@topffer Well, I know, it is unethical to giggle for a hard Disk crash specially at such a point, but it was later clear that the duo had hatched this thing because they did not like me around. I still have no understanding why they did not like me. I never interfered in what they did nor did I ever asked them to get anything done. Fortunately, I did not get into any troubles as I was transferred to a different state to work on another project from the parent company, I stayed there for about 5 months with all expense paid thing. During this time, the duo were sacked because of their attitude towards work and causing disharmony among other employees.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
@thesids You would have had to give them orders if you had stayed at the same place, and you would have probably a hard time with them. You were lucky to have this transfer, and they got what they deserved ! It is with negative people like your duo that you can get a bad atmosphere at work.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
27 Aug 15
I don't get why you find this so funny, topffer. I mean, sure, she has advanced degrees in related subjects, but obviously identifying coins like that is extremely hard. They have so many similarities... like being made from metal! And having designs on them! Oh my goodness. How embarrassing!
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
A monopoly banknote shares also some similarities with a real one. And you forgot something important with coins : quite all of them are round. It is true that it is not always easy to identify a coin when it is badly corroded. But if it was the case (I have not seen the coin), it would have been better to let the experts do their job instead of asking them to confirm.
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@yukimori (9072)
• United States
27 Aug 15
@topffer Oh, how could I forget something so basic about coins? I suppose it could have been worse... it could have been a corroded modern coin mistaken for a 16th century one.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
@yukimori She is not stupid, you know : if she had the same in her pocket, she would probably have recognized it. One common joke during excavations when we have some volunteers is to hide things here and there, often chocolate coins wrapped in gold or plastic toys.
@phyrre (2324)
• United States
27 Aug 15
Well, you have to give her credit for being...uh...close? I mean, I totally confuse 16th century France with 3rd century Rome all the time. It's an honest mistake. I find that, above all, I can't stand people like that. They drive me insane. I get along fine with people who are arrogant (albeit it, I may want to smack them sometimes just the same) about fields they are good at. I have friends like that. They just really know their field, and they make sure that everyone else knows how good they are. But they're very specialized, and they can admit when they don't know something, which I feel balances them out and makes them not only tolerable but awesome to have around. I love working with those people. Hopefully your colleague will learn that it's much easier to just be humble and ask for help. It's OK to admit when you don't know something, especially in a field like that.
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@phyrre (2324)
• United States
27 Aug 15
@purplealabaster Actually, I'm pretty certain that confusing Greek and Roman mythology is extremely common considering the fact that they're largely based on a Greek foundation that was reworked for Roman society...so I think your comparison is somewhat faulty. xD I mean, personally I can tell, for the most part, differences in Greek and Roman sculptures, but I don't necessarily know if a lot of "normal" people can because Roman sculptors took a lot from Greek sculptors.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
I have a friend older than me who is very arrogant with people until they show him that they know well his field of knowledge. I suppose he has some rights to be like this (he has 2 Phd, and has been made doctor honoris causa by two other universities) but he makes real enemies with this attitude. Once you know him well, he is somebody very friendly and always ready to help. Most of the time scientists working in the same field than me are humble and opened to others. Generally, more people are good at something, and less they have to feel the need to show it to others. This colleague does not a bad work. I have seen people unable to understand what they were excavated that should have better done another job, and it is not her case. I think it can be a good lesson, if she understands it.
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• United States
27 Aug 15
@phyrre Sure your daddy gets the credit when I am the one that had to take you there, wait for eternity until you got out, pick you up and take you home, listen to you complain the entire time ... oh yes, thank you, daddy! Ummm ... after reading through it again, somehow that last part didn't sound quite like I intended it to.
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• United States
27 Aug 15
First, what is the big problem with being off by a few centuries here or there when we are talking about so long ago? Second, I certainly would not want this woman doing my laundry or fixing me a drink, either, for that matter.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
Even when the coins are in a desolate state, you cannot make a confusion like this one : emperors of the third century are wearing a radiate crown easy to recognize. In some imitiations the radiate crown is really prominent, and these crowns have never been in use for the coinage during the 16th C. I think this mistake will follow her during a long time.
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• United States
27 Aug 15
@topffer Maybe she just thought that he forgot to put his crown on ... or maybe it fell off ... for this particular picture.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
@purplealabaster I don't know what she thought, but I got the giggles with this one. The colleague who told me this is good for these kinds of gossips . It reminds me that he had himself a problem of the same kind with the masons who built his house : they forgot the front door and built a wall instead.
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@owstalaga (4570)
• Philippines
4 Sep 15
Oh so technical. I guess this is how people with PhDs and Masterals talk. I only get the giggles if the person who made a mistake is mean or acts too high and mighty. Otherwise it's not funny to me at all.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
4 Sep 15
She acted too high and mighty here. This discussion is supposed to be funny, sorry if it has deceived you. The most important is that you are able to laugh, never mind the reason. Some people are doing their best to never smile or laugh, and I pity them. Thank you to have read and participated.
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@GardenGerty (101636)
• United States
28 Aug 15
We had one co worker in a pre school who only wore dry clean clothes and fancy shoes. We ATE at the table, right beside the preschoolers, so it was funny to me when her fancy duds got milk poured on them. She was not very popular with the rest of our team, and there were a lot of stories about her. She just was oblivious to the real world. Your co worker sounds very self confidant. Perhaps too much so. A little humility goes a long way.
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@topffer (35529)
• France
28 Aug 15
Lol, it was probably less funny for her! This colleague has always been too much self confident. I wish that she learns something about this little lesson and becomes a bit more humble.
@Rosekitty (19438)
• San Marcos, Texas
27 Aug 15
I don't know if i can think that far back to some giggles I had at work since i'm retired now..before i did i owned my store for 23 years..before that i waitressed...so many years have gone by..but i will giggle with you about this poor unfortunate girl!
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@topffer (35529)
• France
27 Aug 15
I am sure that you had some giggles during all these years. I wish that she will hear about this "unfortunate" mistake enough to understand that one cannot know everything about anything. A bit of humility is not bad.
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@SIMPLYD (81469)
• Philippines
28 Aug 15
I always do at the office and even at home . And when that happens laughter will erupt amongst all employees who are present .
@topffer (35529)
• France
28 Aug 15
You don't want to give us an example, to laugh with you, or do you prefer to keep it for you (it would be not fair, but I can understand it)?