Making it ‘Technically Sound’


In the clinical laboratory department at a hospital I used to work, we faculty members stored volatile organic chemicals in a small, old refrigerator. Several times we asked for a new model, only to have the finance office reject our request.

The finance people probably thought that we only wanted a new refrigerator for our refreshments and snacks. So a colleague wrote a purchase order replacing the word “refrigerator” with “automatic low-temperature maintenance apparatus.”

Alas! Our new icebox was delivered in a week.

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  • Vincy R.

    I would’ve thought it was some space rocket machine.


  • MariCone

    Lol, it sounded so mystique.

  • Stickman7

    Good call.

  • ASMs

    Man, that’s how you give names.

  • Science persons, eh?

  • Lamarc

    Sounds like it would cost you a fortune to build that apparatus.

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