I Coulda Been An Engineer

I’m genuinely horrified: I found this list on the internet today, and instead of skipping over it as usual, I had Pause For Thought. Although this is headed ‘You’re an Engineer If…’, I’m scoring more than a few hits on this list (in bold). Could I have had what it takes*?

  1. You have a habit of destroying things in order to see how they work.
  2. Your IQ number is bigger than your weight.
  3. The microphone or visual aids at a meeting don’t work and you rush up to the front to fix it.
  4. You can remember 7 computer passwords but not your anniversary.
  5. You have memorized the program schedule for the Discovery channel and have seen most of the shows already.
  6. You have owned a calculator with no equal key and know what RPN stands for.
  7. Your father sat 2 inches in front of your family’s first color TV with a magnifying lens to see how they made the colors, and you grew up thinking that was normal.
  8. You know how to take the cover off of your computer, and what size screw driver to use.
  9. You can type 70 words a minute but can’t read your own handwriting.
  10. People groan at the party when you pick out the music.
  11. You can’t remember where you parked your car for the 3rd time this week.
  12. You did the sound system for your senior prom.
  13. Your checkbook always balances.
  14. Your wristwatch has more buttons than a telephone.
  15. You have more friends on the Internet than in real life.
  16. You thought the real heroes of “Apollo 13” were the mission controllers.
  17. You think that when people around you yawn, it’s because they didn’t get enough sleep.
  18. You spend more on your home computer than your car.
  19. You Know what http:/ stands for.
  20. You’ve tried to repair a $5.00 radio.
  21. You have a neatly sorted collection of old bolts and nuts in your garage.
  22. Your three year old asks why the sky is blue and you try to explain atmospheric absorption theory. Augh! It’s True!
  23. Your lap-top computer costs more than your car.
  24. Your 4 basic food groups are: 1. Caffeine 2. Fat 3. Sugar 4. Chocolate
  25. You’re mad because this list didn’t end on a round number.

Help Me!
* If what it takes involves emptying the contents of fire extinguishers anwhere but actually on a fire, then why yes, sir!

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