We've all seen them, real world "tests" that seem to confound people because they are executed over and over with the same results, like we expect them to change. Kind of like rebooting Windows whenever something goes wrong (although that works a lot of the time). Got any funny ones? Stories that make you shake your head?
For example, our company has a problematic urinal. Actually, the urinal is probably fine, it seems to be the person who insists on trying to flush paper towel down the urinal. For those not familiar with the concept, it doesn't work well at all! In fact, it usually results in the urinal clogging and backing up and them having to shut down the urinal for a little while until it's unclogged.
However, it seems like this urinal is shut down at LEAST once a month. So my question is, are some people really this stupid? Or is it simply a thorough tester running some regression testing on the urinal to see if they have made any design changes to allow for the flushing of paper yet?
9 out of 10 people I prove wrong agree that I'm right. The other person is my wife.
Re: Confounding Real-World Tests We Just Don\'t Get
I recall a broken coffee machine at one of my previous job-sites. A long line of disgruntled, half-asleep people waited and waited just to try their money in hopes that their money was somehow "special" and they would hit the jackpot and receive a hot cup of Joe. Alas, no one did.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill ~