You assume, well we do at least, that when some one reaches a position such as the Dean of a major Oxford university, that they are reasonably intelligent people. Unfortunately a couple of incidents swiftly disabused us of that impression.
The first was a few years back when a close friend was installing a Ferris Wheel ride at an Oxford college. The way these particular rides are erected, is to build up what resembles 2 spoked wheels and then add the seats between the spokes.
On this particular occasion I received a call from said friend telling me that the dean was outraged at the obvious unsafe ride I had sent him and he wanted it removing immediately. I asked my friend to let the Dean cool down and then go and inquire as to the problem. When he came back on the phone he could barely talk for laughing. Seems upon inquiring as to the nature of the problem, the Dean had exploded, stating look at the height of the ride, there is no where to sit, if my students have to cling to the poles as the ride goes round and fall of near the top they could be killed!!!
Luckily my friend managed not to burst out laughing as he explained that the seats were in a pile on the floor and were due to be fitted once the rest of the structure was in place.
BUT, this one pales into insignificance by our next tale of stupidity. We used to run a previous blog a number of years ago. One day we purchased some rubber gremlins and goblins and zombies to decorate a horror themed event. As a joke we took a picture of one of the 6 inch high green goblins and posted it online announcing that as we were having trouble getting reliable staff, we had decided to clone our own and this was the first attempt.
A couple of weeks later we received a call from a headmistress to cancel the candy floss cart she had booked, I inquired as to the reason, and was told;
“Yes, we are a primary school with small children, looking at the new staff you have cloned, I don’t want to be disrespectful but they will frighten our children”
Good grief, I explained that first off it was a joke, secondly cloning humans wasnt possible with current level of technology, and even if it had been it was doubtful if a small business would have the financial resources to do so and that she would receive normal human beings on her job.
The frightening thing is these people are in charge of educating our youngsters.