Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

The Ballad of Bin Laden

Mixing religion, politics, and engineers in one motion, below is some Afghanistan-related engineer humor for which I make no excuse if you find it less than funny:

Which way do you face, with your mug in a book?
Where do you look, when you sit in a nook?
Is it easier or harder to adjust the seat,
or turn the foundation, when you pour concrete?
Or do you not care and just say, “oh, hecka,”
when you consider direction and ponder of Mecca?

-MHW

When muslims do their business, they cannot face or have their back to Mecca.  So the facilities built in Afghanistan must have the toilets oriented such that they can be used without violating this tenent.  The Afghans will absolutely not use the facility if this is not correct.

NTM-A or IJC did install an LSS (Life Support System–toilets and showers prefabricated in a connex) near Kabul International Airport with the toilets oriented improperly (which could have been fairly easily fixed by just rotating the connex’s 90 degrees) and remain untouched to date.

The below drawing submission reflects an engineered evaluation of the direction to Mecca from the jobsite and the recommended solution.

The challenging decisions engineers must make. . .

I wonder if the up-armored Humvee ‘porta-potties’ were oriented properly. . .

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