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June 21, 2009

Best Disclaimer Ever

Saw this disclaimer come across an email message on a mailing list.

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Or more specifically, I didn't see the disclaimer, and that makes it the best disclaimer ever.

May 20, 2009

Let's start this year with a win!

These signs appeared recently at the bank's head office.

In May.

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Better late than never.

February 21, 2008

Strubenvales Brightest

Was this video included with the insurance claim?


June 24, 2007

Johannesburg Water

Vittorio saw this recently in the centre of Johannesburg.

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It is unclear as to just how long this spelling mistake has gone unnoticed.

May 24, 2007

Press Ctl-Alt... What?

ABSA Bank has a novel solution to the internet cafe keylogger security problem. They install PCs in their branches for customers to do internet banking, convenient, yet safe!

Brilliant.

Only Microsoft's approach to security involves pressing the Ctl-Alt-Delete combination before you can get going.

Challenge: Find the "control" and "alt" keys on this keyboard:

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Yes, those four blank keys really do nothing.

May 3, 2007

Industrial Accident?

Let's pretend you're the guy giving the quote on accident liability insurance for this building site.

Would you consider this an ingenious solution to an obstacle in the way of your scaffolding, or do you consider this one well placed stumble over the end of the plank away from a few tonnes of scaffolding and building material going straight through a corrugated iron roof into the hut below?

Tough one.

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December 22, 2006

Creative Excuses Part 1

So you're supposed to be manning the Info counter, right. But you're not there.

You need an excuse, fast!

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How about this one: "Out visiting clients".

That will fool them!

October 18, 2006

Pull Door Handle

While wondering through downtown Austin, Texas, I had to look twice at this gem of a sign.

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Glad the door came with instructions, I would have had no idea.

July 31, 2006

Ofni is now Info

It only took six months, but the Ofni Kiosk reported back in December was finally fixed.

Pics to follow :)

April 4, 2006

The handy license renewal reminder

How sweet.

I got this notice in the mail on 30 March 2006, reminding me to renew my driving license card by 30 March 2006.

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Turns out the reminder had been sent out just three days earlier.

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Now that's just in time. Muppets.

March 1, 2006

Someone is letting your house!

It's an elegant scam.

In September 2005, the South African actuality programme Carte Blanche ran a story about squattors moving into empty properties and taking up residence, without the landowners knowledge or permission.

The squattors usually get there through bogus "letting agents". These people somehow gain keys to the vacant property, and then place an advert in the local newspaper, advertising for interested tenants. Tenants duly arrive, and pay a deposit and rent to the "agent", never to be seen again.

This last week a would be scammer tried that on my property in Cape Town. The trouble was, not only did the neighbour send email to warn that people were being shown around the property, but the real letting agents, Trafalgar Property Management, saw the fraudster's advert for the property in the newspaper.

Posing as an interested potential tenant, the real letting agent made an appointment with the fake letting agent to be shown around the house. When the fraudster arrived, they were promptly arrested by police and are currently in jail awaiting trial for fraud.

Busted.

Scenes from a Mall

Mobile phone cameras are definitely not stupid. How else would you capture this priceless little gem in the Fourways Mall parking lot:

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February 9, 2006

It's just Not your Day

So your first choice of snack from the corporate vending machine got stuck on the way down. No worries! Just choose another packet.

And then another.

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Oh well, fourth time lucky I guess.

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December 29, 2005

Mastercard: Web and Marketing need to chat.

Ding ding ding.

Mastercard's South African website team and the marketing team are sorely in need of some liaison.

Mastercard's marketing people are currently spending a lot of money on a television campaign promoting a competition for a ZAR100 000 holiday, where you enter online. Nobody told their website team though. Their website has said "The page you have requested is unavailable at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please try again later." for the last few days.

Oops.

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December 27, 2005

Get your Ofni here!

I'm still trying to work out whether this is a joke or not.

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October 20, 2005

The Plug and the Cupboard

Ever felt the need to install a power socket in a cupboard for those little conveniences, like a place to plug in the alarm system, or the place to plug in the ethernet switch that feeds the apartment?

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