Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?

Posted by Nick Schiltz on February 17


So there was this man in Bulgaria who drove a train for a living. He loved his job, driving a train had been his dream ever since he was a child. He loved to make the train go as fast as possible. Unfortunately, one day he was a little too reckless and caused a crash. He made it out, but a single person died. Well, needless to say, he went to court over this incident. He was found guilty and was sentenced to death by electrocution. When the day of the execution came, he requested a single banana as his last meal. After eating the banana, he was strapped into the electric chair. The switch was flown, sparks flew and smoke filled the air, but nothing happened. The man was perfectly fine.

Well, at the time, there was an old Bulgarian law that said a failed execution was a sign of divine intervention, so the man was allowed to go free. And somehow, he managed to get his old job back driving the train. Having not learned his lesson at all, he went right back to driving the train with reckless abandon. Once again, he caused a train to crash, this time killing two people. The trial went much the same as the first, resulting in a sentence of execution. For his final meal, the man requested two bananas. After eating the bananas, he was strapped into the electric chair. The switch was thrown, sparks flew, smoke filled the room- and the man was once again unharmed.

Well, this of course meant that he was free to go. And once again, he somehow manages to get his old job back. To what should have been the surprise of no one, he crashed yet another train and killed three people. And so he once again found himself being sentenced to death. On the day of his execution, he requested his final meal; three bananas.

"You know what? No," said the executioner. "I've had it with you and your stupid bananas and walking out of here unharmed. I'm not giving you a thing to eat. We're strapping you in and doing this now." Well, it was against protocol, but the man was strapped in to the electric chair without a last meal. The switch was pulled, sparks flew, smoke filled the room and the man was still unharmed. The executioner was speechless.

The man looked at the executioner and said "Oh, the bananas had nothing to do with it. I'm just a bad conductor."


Having just attended a two-day seminar on Arc Flash Electrical Safety & NFPA 70E training, I understand how the material can be dry at times. Thankfully, we had an enthusiastic instructor that kept it engaging.

Most people think safety meetings are boring, and often, unproductive. The result is lack-luster attendance and, even if attended, involvement is minimal. Adding life to your safety meetings can mean the difference between an attentive participants and disengaged listeners.

So, how do you get more out of your safety meetings?

We're very pleased to report that Tacito & Meagen's baby has been delivered! After 17 hours of labor, baby Tacito emerged weighing in just under seven pounds and twenty inches in length. Never one to display any expression other than a smile, here's an exhausted Tacito holding his Mini-Me, whilst grinning ear to ear. We're so happy for you guys!!!


Have a Great Week, everybody!


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