Engineers’ Stereotype

Engineers’ Stereotype

I’ve been at my new perfect job now for two months. I work for an engineering firm and in case you don’t know it, engineers are kind of known for being anal their attention to detail.

I thought I’d share one of the things that makes me giggle. When I open the cupboard at work every morning to get a cup of coffee – this is what I see:

Do you notice that every mug is the same? All of the plates are on one shelf and the bowls on another. Notice the naughty older mugs of an inferior design are relegated to their own shelf, not to intermingle with the superior newer mugs.

Notice how each one of the cups’ handles are turned the very same way….

I stand back for a minute and shake my head as I sip my coffee. It makes me giggle, but in a strange way, it also brings me peace.


  • Posted November 8, 2008 12:05 am 0Likes
    by smalltownmom

    Whoa! My husband works at a hightech place but their kitchen is far more…casual? Your engineers could have a side job as kitchen organizers.

  • Posted November 8, 2008 7:48 am 0Likes
    by Janis

    When I was in the work place, our break room was never that clean or neat. I like an orderly place myself.

  • Posted November 8, 2008 8:35 pm 0Likes
    by swampy

    I’m married to an engineer…we don’t have any coffee cups that match, nor are they on the same shelves with the handles turned the same way…their not even in the same cabinet.Want me to send him over?

  • Posted November 8, 2008 11:16 pm 0Likes
    by susan

    So…do you ever get the urge to move the handle of one cup the wrong way just to see what happens?

  • Posted November 10, 2008 11:54 am 0Likes
    by Faye

    Okay, I so get this. One of my best friends is an architect and his cabinets are like this. His postcard display on the fridge is even in march formation! And let’s not even try to understand keeping used banana peels in the freezer in a bag until garbage day. On second thought, that may not be architectural but just old manism.

  • Posted November 11, 2008 5:06 am 0Likes
    by karisma

    LOl! Now my quest would be to find out “Who Does That??????” (And can they come and clean my kitchen?) Haha!

  • Posted November 11, 2008 9:21 am 0Likes
    by Junebug

    Notice the “naughty” mug handles turned the “other” direction? ;D Faye: My mother puts banana peels in the freezer in a bag until garbage day too. She’s 78. :D

  • Posted November 12, 2008 12:51 am 0Likes
    by A Spot of T

    I’m so ignorant I’d have to move a cup ever so slightly to the left. Not much. Just enough to make their right eye twitch a bit :o)

  • Posted November 20, 2008 12:22 pm 0Likes
    by robinellablog

    Not a stereotype at all. My genius hubby is of the engineer type and would see nothing odd about that.Me? I would turn every other handle the other way. Still very organized but slightly askew. naughty me.

  • Posted November 22, 2008 11:00 am 0Likes
    by BipolarLawyerCook

    This makes me so incredibly happy for some reason. Well, for a real reason- I do this every once in a while.

  • Posted January 1, 2009 8:34 pm 0Likes
    by masgblog

    totally organized I’d say…and I love how the inferior mugs are relegated to their own shelf:)…their own shelf space hee

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