A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 26, 2015
“The engineer sees the glass as twice the size it needs to be” (joke)

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Is the glass half empty or half full?
Is the glass half empty or half full? is a common expression, generally used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty), or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual’s worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one’s point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.

Google Groups: rec.humor
Old engineering joke
Will Crowder
9/27/90
This is an old one, but I haven’t seen it here yet....
I’m sure you’re all familiar with the lines about the optimist, the pressimist and the half-filled glass:

The optimist sees a glass that’s half full.
The pessimist sees a glass that’s half empty.

An engineer sees a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be!

Google Groups: alt.best.of.internet
One more time about beginners!
Wayne McPherson
6/16/94
(...)

An optimist sees the glass as half full
A pessimist sees the glass as half empty
An engineer sees the glass as twice as large as it has to be

Google Books
Truth and Trust:
The First Two Victims of Downsizing

By Frank J. Navran
Athabasca, Alberta: Athabasca University Press
1995
Pg. 58:
They are the consultants who prompted one manager to post this message to his office wall: “The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The optimist says the glass is half full. The consultant says the glass is twice as big as we need.”

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
Third Annual Joke Show
April 18, 1998
(...)
The optimist sees a glass that’s half full.
The pessimist sees a glass that’s half empty.
An engineer sees a glass that’s twice as big as it needs to be.

Google Books
Rocket Science for Traders:
Digital Signal Processing Applications

By John F. Ehlers
New York, NY: Wiley
2001
Pg. 215:
That famous half-glass of water — optimists see it as half-full and pessimists see it as half-empty. An engineer sees the glass as having been designed with too much capacity.

Science Notes
Engineer Jokes
This entry was posted in Physics and tagged engineering, fun, humor, jokes on April 9, 2015 by Todd Helmenstine.
(...)
The optimist sees the glass as half full. The pessimist sees the glass as half empty. The engineer sees the glass as twice as big as it needs to be.

The New Yorker
Dept. of Transportation MAY 4, 2015 ISSUE
The Engineer’s Lament
Two ways of thinking about automotive safety.

BY MALCOLM GLADWELL
(...)
Almost all engineering jokes—and there are many—are versions of this belief: that the habits of mind formed by the profession enable engineers to see things differently from the rest of us. “A pessimist sees the glass as half empty. An optimist sees the glass as half full. The engineer sees the glass as twice the size it needs to be.” To the others, the glass is a metaphor. Nonsense, the engineer says. The specifications are off. He doesn’t give free rein to temperament; he assesses the object. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Sunday, April 26, 2015 • Permalink


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