HadOneJob: photos of monumental cockups


36 Responses to “HadOneJob: photos of monumental cockups”

  1. rpadair82 says:

    A lot of these are pretty small mistakes and many of them, I would bet, are intentionally done.  Pineapples in a watermelon box?!  Crazy!  I work for a grocery store and we reuse those giant boxes all the time.  Why waste em?

  2. Glen Able says:

    OK, so it turns out the “AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report” image above isn’t actually a video, no matter how much you click on it.

  3. Stefan Jones says:

    I’m guessing an uneven split between Photoshopped, deliberate stunt, mangled English, counterfeiting errors, and genuine screw-ups.

    All hilarious. Sometimes pretty subtle.

    • toobigtofail says:

      Yeah. I have to call Pshop on the water fountain with the electrical cord that vanishes into thin air. But fun.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

      Some are also probably due to being badly rushed.  Like the out of place paving stone.  The wrong color got mixed in.  Do we lose time and dig it up or just finish and say “screw it”.

      Some are likely not due to checking the work, like the upside down walk signal.  They put it in but no one bothered to step back and look at it.

      • franko says:

        i think some of these are also a case of, “well, do we pay to have a new sign made, or do we just flip it and trust that people are going to be smart enough to understand what we’re going for, here?”

      • Itsumishi says:

        I saw the upside down walk signal and realised instantly it was a corner in Downtown Portland, OR where I recently visited. I checked my photos and yep, exact same corner. 
        I thought at first that it might have been a case of some merry pranksters flipping the cover upside down one night, but if that were the case the lights would be going on and off in the wrong sequence, which they weren’t.

    • freshyill says:

      Yeah that one with a bottle of Pepsi in the cooler with bottles of Coke was a real riot.

  4. Paul Cowan says:

    My personal favourite example of the “You had one job!” meme: http://i.imgur.com/KaKhA.jpg

    If I could work out how to submit it, I would.

    • Itsumishi says:

      Ahh good old Dick Smith, who is absolutely outraged by all those famous Australian brands outsourcing all their labour and sending profits overseas except of course when it comes to his own massive electronics company which almost exclusively deals with Asian suppliers.

  5. bkad says:

    I’m guilty of the ‘forgotten placeholder text’ error. I made that error more than once at my new job, before I learned not to do it that way.

  6. hyph3n says:

    After a while, looking at these just gets depressing.

  7. Hank says:

    I once flew into LAX and when we got to the gate one of the stews opened the door on the wrong side of the plane. It makes a big ‘whooooosh!’ sound when the emergency slide deploys.

  8. I’m not the only one who keeps reading it as OneHandJob, right?


  9. ohbejoyful says:

    I actually like all of the “one tile out of place” examples.  The Persian Flaw concept at work

  10. GawainLavers says:

    If I had been a smarter kid I would have totally printing up lots of “Your the best teacher ever” cards.

  11. GawainLavers says:

    “Boys 8-20″?  This hipster skinny jean shit is getting out of hand.

  12. Heevee Lister says:

    They’d be funnier if they weren’t faked.  OK, maybe some of them are genuine, but so many are such glaringly obvious ‘shops that viewing them exhausts my suspension of disbelief.

    Also, why does a simple photo album need Javascript to work?

    OK, I’ll take off my curmudgeon cap now.

  13. I have long been thinking about trying to document what happened in the neighborhood that my sister lived in twenty three years ago.  In that neighborhood, twenty three years ago, the city did many repairs to pipes that ran under the sidewalk.  All over the neighborhood, wherever they had to replace a bit of the concrete sidewalk, the new concrete has “lPPO” written in it.  “lPPO” on each new concrete patch-job everywhere in that neighborhood.  “And what is ‘lPPO’?”, you might ask.  Well, the job was done in 1990, you see.  Yes, “1990″.

  14. heckblazer says:

    The text “This page intentionally left blank” is generally not a screw-up.  In important legal documents it’s there so people can be certain that there isn’t a page missing because it was unintentionally left blank.

    • Geoduck says:

       The classic Infocom text-adventure game Zork I has this written on a wall at one point, as a homage to old computer manuals that did it.

      • heckblazer says:

        I suppose I should add that the logic bomb of the phrase still amuses the heck out of me.  It’s just not a mistake ;).

    • Wreckrob8 says:

      But why do they print ‘This page intentionally left blank’ on different colour paper to the actual text?

      • heckblazer says:

        If it’s a bound document, I couldn’t tell you since I’ve never seen nor prepared that. If the document isn’t bound it’s likely because the blank page is a placeholder and the different color makes it easy find it to replace it with the final page.

  15. Halloween_Jack says:

    Utter fail with the very first picture. The idea is that the handrail should be running parallel with the stairs, not at an angle to them, right? But if you look at the picture, it’s obvious what happened: the screws on the upper attachment point broke, and so did the ones on the lower one, leaving the handrail to pivot on the middle attachment point. Looks like it would be a simple fix in less than five minutes (not counting the trip for new hardware).

    The creator of this site had one job

  16. Itsumishi says:

    Man, I can’t wait to watch “The Habbit: An Unexpected Journey” it sounds like a very interesting film.

  17. Gyrofrog says:

    Today I did (I guess) the opposite:

    The one thing I was supposed to do right, I did it right – but everything around it was screwed up.

  18. pjcamp says:

    42 was teh awesome.

  19. chaopoiesis says:

    Flaws and imperfection are the engine that drives life. It’s all there in Darwin, when viewed from the right angle.

  20. chris young says:

    i just get a black screen

    • LintMan says:

      Try a different browser.  IE was black screen, but Firefox worked fine.  I’m not sure why a simple gallery needs to be so complex.

  21. kobrakai says:

    Is it irony that whoever put this together had just one job: make a navigable web site and they cocked it up.

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