Kids say the darndest things…so much so that there was a whole TV show made about it. Kids never really quite understand exactly what adults do for a living, so it’s really fun to hear about the little things they pick up on and then watch them try to put the pieces together.
The video below, part of Mashable’s “One Kid Explains:” , shows a young girl explaining to her Construction Manager father, Ben, what she thinks he does for a living. At one point, she points out that she doesn’t think her father enjoys his work because when he comes home, “he always sweats and stuff.” I’m sure, for a lot of us, that statement would be pretty accurate. The girl also assembles a purse out of Play-do, which is accompanied by a blueprint (when’s the last time you called them “blueprints?”) of the purse, also made out of Play-do. “Blueprints are papers for planning,” she says. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
If you were out looking for elves, the first logical place you’d look would be the North Pole, but that may not actually be the easiest place to find them. According to a couple news stories from this year, elves can wreak some serious havoc on construction projects in Iceland, if they’re unhappy.
I’m not afraid to admit that I once with through a short phase in my life when I was really into disco music. I was a child and those were the only dance moves I knew. You may think you hate disco music, but you have to admit, at minimum, your leg starts bouncing or your head starts bobbing when Rick James, KC & The Sunshine Band, or the Bee Gees come on the radio.
So, you can blame that period in my life for taking the time to write about a concrete mix truck that’s been dressed up as a disco ball.
Holes are dug every day on construction sites throughout the world, but they have a purpose, whether they’re for foundations, utility lines, or ponds. The hole is typically not the end game, it’s usually the beginning. That’s not true for game company The Cards Against Humanity, though, as they recently dug a hole for 2 days for absolutely no reason and got paid a bunch of money to do it.
“They don’t build ‘em like they used to,” as people love to say. That phrase could definitely be applicable to the 93 year old Broadway Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas, that refused to fall even after it was lined with explosives. This certainly isn’t the first time a demolition has failed and it’s probably not the last.
The Onion, the fake news site known equally for its amazing funny satire as its poignant social commentary, has been entertaining people and confusing others into thinking their content is real since 1988. In recent years, the Onion has evolved from simply print media, to audio and visual content, as well. In one of their recent series, Sportology, which parodies ESPN’s Sport Science, the company absolutely skewered the reported terrible working conditions that Brazilian construction workers faced while completing the venues for the 2016 Rio Olympics. 11 workers were killed over the course of the projects and there were many infractions reported that some workers had 23 hour shifts or worked 25 days straight.
The story of David vs. Goliath is an inspiration to many people in the world and apparently even more so to one man from Finland. With motivations still unknown today, the guy tried and tried to break an excavator by repeatedly throwing rocks at the machine. Was he mad at the machine? Perhaps it looked at him funny. Was he mad at the excavator operator? That’s a more likely scenario, but the operator wasn’t having any of it.
If positioned the right way, paper is known to give some pretty mean paper cuts, so say to the office tethered thrill seekers of the world. Try to cut wood by running a sheet of paper against it, however, and you’ll end up a mangled piece of paper. But, perhaps we’ve been using paper the wrong way all along. Maybe it’s a metaphor for life, put an object or a person in the wrong situation and get poor results, but put them in the right situation and you’ll reap the rewards.
First, let me formally apologize to our non-American readers for calling the sport Soccer, but, since it is Olympics time, I have to stay loyal to my country. As soccer is the world’s most popular sport, many would argue that no changes need to be made to improve it. Well, a group of people have taken it upon themselves to create a super intense and over-the-top version of the game that I think all of us Construction Junkies will enjoy.
“Shake Hands With Danger,” as the below safety video from 1980 is called, will ignite your nostalgia for the decade and maybe even give you a few laughs. No matter how cheesy it can get at points, It will also remind you how important it is to conduct your business safely.
If you’ve played Jenga before, you know that it can get pretty intense as the blocks start to get a little wobbly. A typical Jenga block dimension is 0.59 in x 0.98 in x 2.95 in, and weighs ounces, so if the tower falls, the stakes aren’t really that severe, other than a humiliating loss to your friend, family member, or mortal enemy. Now, multiply that size by 10,000 and you get the scale of the Jenga pieces that CAT put together for their #BuiltForIt campaign.