Strange Radiation

Andrew Willett, unreliable narrator.


Okay, I’ve had it. I can’t take it anymore.

Perhaps it’s not my company’s fault—perhaps the blame lies with the building managers—but still. I work for a Seriously Major Educational Publisher, and yet the schmancy brushed-brass sign on the door to the gents’ says:


Its effect upon morale is subtle, yet corrosive.






  1. The other way to get snarky about this–and this joke is so obscure that I couldn’t bring myself to put it in the body of the posting–is that the sign should actually read CORPORE.

  2. [groan] if I had said that, and Bob, John, or you had heard and gotten it, I’d be drowning in “nerps” right now.

  3. That’s entirely possible, yes.
    You know, I’d always assumed that it would be spelled “nrp.”

  4. Sari

    Um – perhaps the sign is meant for those of you who insist on bringing philosophical reading material in there with you….
    Read below:
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    In Roman mythology, Mens personified thought, consciousness and the mind. Her festival was celebrated on May 8.
    The genius-only organization Mensa International takes its name from her.
    (The Latin word mens expresses the idea of “mind” and forms the origin of English words like mental.)

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