Computer Engineers Are Most Likely To Crash

According to a survey of accident claims by Churchill Car Insurance, computers aren't the only thing computer programmers engineers like to crash - they are also likely to crash their cars ...

Here are the 10 "most likely to crash" occupations:

1. Computer engineer
2. Sales manager
3. Chef
4. Student
5. Doctor
6. Estate agent
7. Surveyor
8. Customer adviser
9. Hairdresser
10. Social worker

In contrast, farmers had the best road safety records based on claims made, followed by aircraft fitters, stores personnel and ambulance drivers.


That reminded me of the classic programmer joke ... from Stack Overflow:

A physicist, an engineer and a programmer were in a car driving over a steep alpine pass when the brakes failed. The car was getting faster and faster, they were struggling to get round the corners and once or twice only the feeble crash barrier saved them from crashing down the side of the mountain. They were sure they were all going to die, when suddenly they spotted an escape lane. They pulled into the escape lane, and came safely to a halt.

The physicist said "We need to model the friction in the brake pads and the resultant temperature rise, see if we can work out why they failed".

The engineer said "I think I've got a few spanners in the back. I'll take a look and see if I can work out what's wrong".

The programmer said "Why don't we get going again and see if it's reproducible?"

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Then there is this one:

3 engineers in a car driving down the highway when a there is a sudden POP! and the car dies.

The mechanical engineer says "That sounded like a piston rod - we're hosed. Let's see if we can thumb a ride."

The electrical engineer states "Nah! That sounded like a fuse popping. Hand me a bubble-gum wrapper and I'll have us back on the road."

Finally the Microsoft engineer speaks up "Guys, it's simple! All we have to do is get out, get back in and off we go!"
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