Friday, July 20, 2012

Observed Absurdities™ 6 - Question of the Half-Month

At Big Brother, Inc., the multi-national corporation that pays me for my epic technical writing and editing skills, there is an attempt to engage The Average Worker, on the company's private intranet home page, called Question of the Week. It's a multiple-choice question, sometimes about general trivia, but mostly focused on a bit of information from BBI's vast storehouse of self-absorbed minutiae.

It gets published once every two weeks.

Yes, that's right. That's a sure sign of how focused BBI is on engaging with its average worker: publishing a "question of the week" every two weeks.

Last week, I was greeted with this brain-teaser:

Just in case the picture isn't clear enough, here's what it says:

For how many years has [Big Brother, Inc.] provided products and services in the Middle East?
   O More than 50
   O More than 30
   O More than 40
   O More than 60
   O I don't know

For the record, "I don't know" is always one of the options, and, with very little thinking  -  methinks  -  one should be able to realize that it could very well always be a correct response.

And then there's this particular array of possible answers, which, if the company-sanctioned Correct Answer is "More than 60," includes FIVE correct responses.

See what I mean, jelly bean?

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