CALGARY, Alberta – Engineers are not known for being the most exciting people on the planet. But nobody would ever expect injuries to ensue from a conversation with one. The last thing Tisa Woody remembers hearing was her colleague explaining how productive he was with his new water flood surveillance workflow.

… so after using Excel to calculate my injection targets with a specially built Excel spreadsheet running 3 VB Script-based macros, I enter my targets into worksheet B so that I can compare this month’s targets against last month’s actuals to get the delta. I then send this report to my Production engineer, so that she and her team can …

It was at this point in the conversation that Tisa’s head hit the corner of her desk as she collapsed into instantaneous REM sleep. Although this may seem like extraordinary behavior for somebody listening to a colleague discuss work matters, this situation was different, for her colleague was an engineer.

Young office worker alseep on the job.  Shot in studio.

randal_2811Well, I didn’t know what to think whenI saw Tisa’s blinks get long and heavy. I thought that maybe she was sick or something. So I continued to tell her about my workflow and before I knew it, she blacked out and cranked her head on the corner of the desk – and that didn’t even wake her up.

Company emergency medical assitance was dispatched to Miss Woody’s office, and after helping her come to and running a number of cognitive tests, it was determined that she was fine, and the blackout was caused by what they termed as Excessive Boredom Sydrome (or EBS), a condition that is commonly found in people who are being enlightened by an engineer.


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