These engineering and
science tech-centric jokes,
song parodies, anecdotes and assorted humor have been collected from friends and
websites across the Internet. I check back occasionally for new fodder, but it
seems all the old content is reappearing all over (like this is). The humor is light-hearted and
clean and sometimes slightly assaultive to the easily-offended, so you are forewarned. It is all workplace-safe.
It's getting to the
point where a large percentage of people visiting RF Cafe are too young to remember
a TV show called
Barney Miller (starring Hal Linden). It was a prime time sitcom
from the 1970s that centered a New York City police detective office. The main character
was Captain Barney Miller, and there was an accompanying cast of characters that
dealt with events and people in their own unique ways.
My favorite character was Detective Sargent Arthur Dietrich (Steve Landesberg).
He was the serious intellectual with a very dry sense of humor that came out at
just the right moment. One episode has always stuck out in my memory where a college
student claims to have built a working model of a thermonuclear bomb as part of
Master's thesis project. All it lacks for
detonation, per him, is plutonium. The on-hand bomb squad expert ridiculed the idea
of it being any kind of real bomb, his decades of experience on the force being
his guide (still has all his fingers as proof of it). All the guys in the office
have just finished dismissing the notion as ridiculous when Dietrich walks in, takes
a look at the contraption, and casually asks, "Where did you get the atom bomb?"
I produced a clip below that shows the scene.
"Atomic Bomb" aired December 22,
1977 on Barney Miller
Posted February 4, 2015
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