Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Affliction bingo

Wherein I repeat old office humor

There was a coworker in an office who had some of the most annoying habits. Loud outbursts, inopportune singing to himself; you'd run into him in the hall and he'd do his odd thing with his arms and shout out one of a handful of pet phrases. Basically, just annoyed everyone. I was convinced he had a mild form of tourettes.

One day, being bored and having internet access, I went to the Tourettes website and copied down a few symptoms. Next I mixed in a few of the coworker's more infamous tics and created a bingo sheet. Forwarded to a couple other coworkers as a little joke and moved on. Time spent, maybe 15 minutes.

Next thing I know, copies have been made and are being used at meetings. People I barely know are stopping me in the halls telling me they had a "bingo." In a couple days it was everywhere. Don't know if the subject in question caught wind of it.

Just in case you have a similar coworker, here's a version I was able to locate and convert to html table (with help - thanks!)

Print your Tourettes Bingo Card

Spits sunflower seeds in cupSays "waz up?"Says "what up dawg?"Says "FANTASTIC!"Makes animal-like noises
SqueakingSnortingYelling or ScreamingWhistlingHumming
Facial GrimacesSmelling ObjectsFREE SPOTCoughingEcho phenomena: own words or sounds; other's words or sounds
SnifflingUnusual changes in pitch or volume of voiceSays somebody's full name by drawing it out unnecessarily longThroat clearingBurping
Give the two thumbs upTouching peopleSays "AWESOME!"Singing with headphones onSays "WooHoo!"


Anonymous amy said...

This is like a ray of sunshine on a bleak day.

1/25/2006 08:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam says:

That is hillarious!

1/25/2006 08:43:00 AM  

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