A bit of Pre-Labor Day Engineering Humor…

2 Sep
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A friend sent me this collection of eight Engineering specific jokes which resonated with me and colleagues I’ve known and love.   A warning to the prudish or faint of heart, you may not completely understand these jokes if you are not an engineer – in fact, you may want to find an engineer to explain the humor to you.

To my engineering and technical friends:  Which of these scenarios strikes a chord with you and which is YOUR favorite?

Happy Labor (or Labour) Day wherever you live!

Part one:  Understanding Engineers……..

Two engineering students were walking across a university campus when one said,
“Where did you get such a great bike?”

The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my business,
when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground,
took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”

The first engineer nodded approvingly and said,
“Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit you anyway.”

Understanding Engineers Two

To the optimist, the glass is half-full.
To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

Understanding Engineers Three

A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!”

The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!”

The priest said, “Here comes the green-keeper. Let’s have a word with him.”  He said, “Hello George, what’s wrong with that group ahead of us?  They’re rather slow, aren’t they?”

The green-keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime.”

The group fell silent for a moment.

The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.”

The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if there’s anything he can do for them.”

The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”

Understanding Engineers Four

What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?
Mechanical engineers build weapons.
Civil engineers build targets.

Understanding Engineers Five

The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”
The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”
The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

Understanding Engineers Six

Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body.

One said, “It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints.”  Another said, “No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections.” The last one said, “No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”

Understanding Engineers Seven

Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

(NOTE:  This also applies to computer scientists!)

Understanding Engineers Eight

(My Personal Favorite…)

An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him
and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.” He bent
over, picked up the frog and put it in his pocket.

The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a
princess, I’ll stay with you for one week and do ANYTHING you want.”

Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.

Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess and that I’ll stay with you for one week and do
anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?”

The engineer said, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog, now that’s cool!

Wishing you a safe, healthy and fun-filled holiday weekend!



4 Responses to “A bit of Pre-Labor Day Engineering Humor…”

  1. Robyn Lawrie Monday, September 27, 2010 at 3:34 am #

    Hi Carol,

    It isn’t Labor Day down here. Anyway, it would be Labour Day – as opposed to the political party which fought for our right to have it – the Australian Labor Party. Is it any wonder we can’t spell?

    Number Three gets my number one vote. It just seems like a really good question, on first take.

    And then Number One – very Big Bang Theory.




  2. Peter Friday, September 3, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    Nice humour.
    Remember, if you’re not being good this holiday weekend, be careful.



  3. Steve Chizar Friday, September 3, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    I am a math major which makes me almost an engineer so I appreciated the humor…..


  4. Bill Ravensberg Friday, September 3, 2010 at 8:24 am #

    Hi Carol … Thanks for the pre Labor Day chuckle.

    They are all pretty good although I wonder about the 5th one since isn’t it any grad that nowadays could be asking “do you want fries with that?”

    It’s hard to choose one as a fave. But, since I like golf, I’ll go with number 3.

    Have a great long weekend!



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