Musings of a Dinosaur

A Family Doctor in solo private practice; I may be going the way of the dinosaur, but I'm not dead yet.

Monday, September 17, 2007

So That's How it Happens

From a brittle old parchment unearthed during a treacherous archaeological adventure into the nether regions of my desk:

In the Beginning was the Plan.

And then came the Assumptions.

And the Assumptions were without form.

And the Plan was without substance.

And darkness was upon the face of the Workers.

And they spoke among themselves, saying:
"It is a crock of shit and it stinks."

And the Workers went unto their Supervisors and said:
"It it a pail of dung, and none may abide the odor thereof."

And the Supervisors went unto their Managers, saying:
"It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it."

And the Managers went unto their Directors, saying:
"It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide its strength."

And the Directors spoke amongst themselves, saying to one another:
"It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong."

And the Directors then went unto the Vice Presidents, saying unto them:
"It promotes growth, and it is very powerful."

And the Vice Presidents went unto the President, saying unto him:
"This new plan will actively promote the growth and vigor of the company, with powerful effects."

And the President looked upon the Plan, and saw that it was good.

And the Plan became Policy.

This is how Shit Happens.


At Mon Sep 17, 10:35:00 PM, Blogger MonkeyGirl said...

Best oldie but goodie I've seen in a long time.

At Mon Sep 17, 10:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


That's great. :D

At Tue Sep 18, 09:30:00 AM, Blogger Elaine said...


May I pinch it for a comment on the NHS? (Actually that is a retrospective request) :-)

At Tue Sep 18, 12:12:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's an old one. I've seen it in the 80s. The first place where I saw it was in "Dictionary of IBM jargon" by Mike Cowlishaw (inventor of REXX scripting language). This story was given as an explanation of the meaning of word "euphemism". I don't think he invented this saying though, just quoted it.

At Tue Sep 18, 01:07:00 PM, Blogger knitalot3 said...

Priceless! But, sadly, true.

At Tue Sep 18, 11:05:00 PM, Blogger ERnursey said...

That, apparently, is the mission statement of my hospital.

At Tue Sep 25, 04:14:00 PM, Blogger BillyBob said...

ooooooh, man, did you hit a nail on the head!


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