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Caption This for 10/23/09

Posted October 22, 2009 4:45 PM

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10/22/2009 5:07 PM

"I told you not to hold the weight watchers convention on just one side of the building."

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10/22/2009 6:25 PM

It seems that Roy had the construction plans oriented the wrong way while instructing his sub-contractors!

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10/22/2009 7:29 PM

Wind load? You mean to tell me I was supposed to add a wind load into my calculatons?!

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10/22/2009 7:31 PM

Slight setback in the Guinness book of records attempt for world's largest domino toppling illustrates why spaces are used to prevent premature domino chain reactions.

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10/22/2009 7:31 PM

What do you mean we should set a foundation? I say we just level out the sandy dirt, and build her tall!

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10/22/2009 7:46 PM

"Behold, young gopher! Another significant win against the evil human oppressors! We are indeed taking back our land."

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10/22/2009 8:47 PM

Engineer: "Oops"

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10/22/2009 11:41 PM

At ACME Engineering, the nanites were designed for metal recycling, but on a late night shift, the solution spilled and ...

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10/23/2009 12:04 AM

Standing so long, let's have a nap!!!

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10/23/2009 1:12 AM

That settles it!

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10/23/2009 1:48 AM

Tracking Godzilla .

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10/23/2009 8:31 AM

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound.....

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10/23/2009 3:21 PM

... He tears the city's high-tension wires down.....

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10/23/2009 1:58 AM

S97_Foundation_Rev-B.dwg

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10/23/2009 1:59 AM

Humpty Dumpty sat on a Wall...

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10/23/2009 2:04 AM

"Damn Gophers!"

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10/23/2009 2:31 AM

OK, we use the bulldozer and cover her up before the boss gets here.

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10/23/2009 4:24 AM

Ok we built it,, now how do we raise it?
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10/23/2009 4:26 AM

Damien Hurst's latest Modern Art installation piece 'Tower Henge' runs into logistics problems.
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10/23/2009 5:26 AM

What do you mean we're not supposed to assemble all the prefabricated parts first before erecting the building?!

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10/23/2009 7:16 AM

We already know how tall the building is. Now we want to measure how long it is.

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10/23/2009 7:38 AM

Change Order!

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10/23/2009 7:45 AM

So that's what all those guys with trumpets were doing hiking around the jobsite for six days!

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10/23/2009 7:47 AM

I don't know. This is the way the engineer told us to build it.

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10/23/2009 8:11 AM

Dang it, Lucille, you make a mean chile!

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10/23/2009 8:31 AM

Master Builder to the press:

"To demonstrate the ability of the new apartments ability to hold together in an earthquake, we purposely pushed this one over to show how it flexes and holds together.

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10/23/2009 8:33 AM

Gesundheit!

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10/23/2009 8:36 AM

But seriously, I hope no one was hurt in that mishap.

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10/23/2009 8:59 AM

Yes, but we saved a ton on concrete for the foundation.

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10/23/2009 9:28 AM

Them dang supertankers create one hell of a prop wash, don't they!

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Rebar? We don't need no steenkin' rebar!

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10/23/2009 10:10 AM

Hey let's just promote it as a "Low Rise". Or better yet a "Flat".

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10/23/2009 10:14 AM

No way, I'm not calling the boss, you call him!

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10/23/2009 10:28 AM

<Waving hand up and down, palm uppermost>

'Up a bit'

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10/23/2009 10:30 AM

Foreman: "Hey Pete here's the guy u wanted to see"

Superintendent: "Thanks Jack"

Superintendent: "I got important job for son"

New Guy: "Sure what is it?"

Superintendent: "Go tell the tenants in the other builds they have to move out"

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10/23/2009 10:50 AM

Hey, does it look like the building has a bit of a lean to it? Nah don't be ridiculous, it's just an optical illusion! Now get back to work!

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10/23/2009 10:54 AM

If a building falls down in a housing complex, do the other buildings laugh?

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10/23/2009 11:00 AM

"Ummmm.."

"Yes!?"

"You know this building we're in, to take the picture."

"Yeah."

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"Yes?"

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"Oh! Where's he gone now?"

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10/23/2009 11:30 AM

AWWWWWWWW SSSSHHHH*****TTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!

I tinks we's in BIG trouble man!!! Hey Cheech, ya gotta stop smoking that joint before someone sees you man, you feakin' digbat!!!!!

ahhh duh, what da ya's mean that we's suppose ta support da feaking buildin' with pies, errr piles man????

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10/23/2009 12:40 PM

New out this year zero gravity housing, we plan on utilizing this concept on the first lunar colony.

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10/23/2009 12:46 PM

Get that building off my lawn!

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10/23/2009 1:17 PM

"Did you hear something?"

"No"

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10/23/2009 1:19 PM

Punch List item.....

Building Exterior:

Remove dirt from building east side of building.

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10/23/2009 1:45 PM

".....I was just singin'......" , sniff, sniff, ".... and it happened!"

".....and what were you singing little girl?"

".......I was just singin' 'Ring around the rosy, pocket full of posies,

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ACCORDING to The Chaos Theory, a tiny air disturbance from the flapping of a butterfly's wings in China ultimately can lead to a hurricane in Florida.

Hang on to your hat Martha! We're in for a doozy!

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10/23/2009 2:27 PM

Apartments for rent first floor with skylite

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10/23/2009 2:32 PM

"Hello, Ant Martha? yea...Can we have thanksgiving at your house this year?"

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10/23/2009 4:12 PM

...darn...it's righty tighty, lefty loosey....not vice versa.

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10/23/2009 10:36 PM

Just in time for the fall turist season, the newly remodeled leaning Tower of Piza

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Foreman: "Boss, it rained."

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Foreman: "The whole night."

Boss: "Anybody hurt?"

Forman: "Not to worry, nobody was killed."

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10/24/2009 4:41 AM

Hey Boss, what do we do now ? Boss. Boss. Hello, Boss are you still there. Hello Hello.

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10/24/2009 9:04 AM

Sure looks like the Loch Ness Monster has been playing around again.....or did Godzilla burp????

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10/24/2009 11:39 AM

Lego engineers were quoted as saying "We suspect terrorism".

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10/24/2009 2:42 PM

Conspiracy theorists reject the suggestion of terrorism in the collapse of the Metropolitan School of Music. They suspect an experiment by evil government scientists involving the synchronization of metronomes.

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10/24/2009 10:31 PM

Look, the contract says we're supposed to bring the building down. Nothing in the contract says we're supposed to break it up into smaller pieces. That'll cost you extra.

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10/25/2009 9:59 AM

I got an e-mail with this picture some time ago ... it said that this happened in China due to the ground becoming soaked from rain ... in other words, poor drainage around the foundation ... interesting, the other building was still standing at that point ... maybe it fell later ... J.

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10/25/2009 7:53 AM

dewatering? I thought the building owner wanted a floating foundation.

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10/25/2009 10:50 AM

The Three Stooges Construction Company, LTD. (Very limited!)

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10/26/2009 12:10 AM

Hello??

Yes!! We need to order 50,000 weather balloons, and all the helium you can get your hands on... and please hurry.

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10/26/2009 1:45 AM

Hello, sir? I've got good news and bad news for you.

The good news? Well, our prototype building that is designed to remain intact even if it falls on its side is finished! We did it last night!

The bad news? Well, ummm, it is still intact.

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Re: Caption This for 10/23/09

10/26/2009 6:19 AM

The insurance company's adjuster says he knows a guy who can put it right back up and save a lot of money.

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10/26/2009 6:25 AM

Hey! can any of you guys give me a lift? I was running late for this meeting and parked in the accessible spaces on the low side.

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10/26/2009 6:39 AM

I suppose they will blame this on global warming as well.

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Re: Caption This for 10/23/09

10/26/2009 4:45 PM

Nah they're screaming about four hundred year old Mediterranean mucus instead...

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10/26/2009 5:43 PM

Chuck Upalot PE, gets an asterisk next to his credentials.

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10/27/2009 10:10 AM

You wanted block of Flats Isn't It?

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Re: Caption This for 10/23/09

10/30/2009 9:16 AM

"Quick! Phone Viagara-R-Us!"

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11/23/2009 2:21 PM

Hay, didn't I tell you not to put all the bath tubs on one side...

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12/11/2009 9:18 AM

Oops

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