Posts tagged with "Fails"

Nudity, feline photobombs, and farts: People report side-splitting screw-ups when working from home

March 20, 2020

Right now, millions of Americans are adjusting to working at home—quarantined in small domestic spaces, along with assorted family members and pets. And Fast Company reports, it’s kind of easy to think that you are conducting business as usual, until your child inevitably runs into the room during a video call—cutting off your boss mid-sentence, shouting, “Poo poo!”

So now, the news outlet advises, we all will need to adjust to the new normal work environment, in which toddlers and flatulent dogs are free to roam.

But until we adapt, the following are some of the worst work-from-home (WFH) fails that Fast Company has see online (mostly on Twitter) during the past week. They prove that, however rough your work-from-home experience has been, it could have been a lot worse.

  • Whole house WFH day 1 report: I whispered “I LOVE YOU” loudly into what turned out to be my spouse’s active meeting headset mic.
  • Day 3 of WFH and my family started screaming while I was in a meeting and my co-worker remarked: “Now I understand why you prefer to go into the office everyday.”
  • Pro-tip: if you and your husband are both working from home, check to see if he’s on a four-way video call BEFORE running past the office naked to get a towel from the linen closet.
  • Big WFH learning for me today: Remind Ryan to put some clothes on before he goes into the bathroom first thing in the morning. Today he walked past my team video call BUTT naked.
  • The people on this conference call don’t know, but I BARELY muted my microphone before my dog did something I can only describe as a yell barf.
  • Working from home today and my cat optioned to join me for my work meeting. She means business.
  • First WFH meeting and my dog decides to show his ass.
  • Just started talking to my cat in the middle of a 68-person Zoom meeting—and i wasn’t muted!!!
  • Start meeting. Unmute to speak. Washing machine starts spinning. Hurriedly get up to escape the noise. Do not realize charger is plugged in. Proceed to loudly knock pint of water plus cup of coffee all over *everything.* Continue speaking calmly as if nothing happened.
  • I’m in a WFH meeting and my Google Home just answered a question someone on the video call asked, unprompted. I nearly jumped out of my skin.
  • Every WFH meeting so far: “I’m sorry, you go…” “No, sorry I-” “Well what I was sayi-” “I’m sorry, were you saying something?” “Go ahead, no sorry, you go…” *5 voices speak at once . Suddenly no one speaks SLOW PORTAL ZOOM INTENSIFIES DURING AWKWARD SILENCE**#COVID19
  • WFH Day 3: Was in a 15 person online meeting, thought I was muted, farted.
  • The subject of every WFH Zoom meeting is actually “Oh, so that’s where you live.”
  • WFH diary, day 1: Power went out during recording; construction workers are extra loud today; daughter walked in on a meeting singing “I like banaaaaanas” at the top of her lungs.
  • Day 1 of mandatory #WFH while watching a sick kid: pretty good, other than my 4-y/o running into the middle of a supervision meeting yelling “DADA, I HAVE TO POOP!” Textbook “disorienting moment” pedagogy!
  • My kid just walked into my video conference, yelled “Look at my penis,” and hit the button on his fart machine. Working from home going really great!

We hope that your WFH experience is going just as well—if not better.

Research contact: @FastCompany

Bark once for food and twice for toys: Amazon’s Super Bowl ad features ‘failed’ Alexa apps

February 4, 2019

Does your dog like Alexa better than you? The Amazon home virtual assistant now is making life easier in millions of homes nationwide and, according to Top Dog Tips, it does almost as much for canines as it does for its human customers.

Alexa will play calming music when you command, “Relax my dog;” it will connect you with a licensed veterinarian when you upload the app, MyPetDoc; and it can tape your dog when you are not at home through a Furbo HD Treat Tossing Camera. It offers pet trivia, dog training lessons, and much, much more.

And, if Alexa has her limits, that’s not what actor Harrison Ford finds out in a wacky Amazon Super Bowl commercial that will air on Sunday, February 3.

According to a preview by the website Bustle, the Alexa ”smart collar app” for dog-walking is just one of the many funny, but feeble, products featured in the commercial—which begins with an Amazon employee remarking, “We’re putting Alexa in a lot of things now. But trust me, there are a lot of fails.”

In the commercial, Ford looks super-frustrated when his pup keeps barking its food orders at Alexa. He becomes even more cantankerous when a delivery truck filled with doggie treats shows up at the curb.

Another faux failed product featured in the ad is an Alexa toothbrush, used by Forest Whitaker.  But even more outrageous is the Alexa hot tub—a jacuzzi that shoots water from its jets, in time with the tempo of a song. Poor Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson get ejected from the tub when the water hits them with fire-hydrant strength during a jazzed-up tune.

It’s all for fun, ratings, and product promotion at the annual football fracas—when the ads attract as much attention as the action on the field.

According to Business Insider, the ad slots won’t come cheap this year: CBS is charging north of $5 million for a 30-second spot. Among the brands that have bought in are newbies such as beauty brand Olay, dating app Bumble, and Kraft’s frozen-food brand Devour; along with regulars including Anheuser-Busch InBev, Doritos, Pepsi,  Avocados From Mexico, and Kia.

Research contact: @Bustle