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Burdened Office Workers

This Friday’s Museum of Possibilities addresses the many kinds of burdens felt by office workers, and offers to “solve” or ameliorate some of them.

Though office workers have more freedom to move about in their cubicles than, say, debeaked and declawed chickens can move inside their tiny coops, they do experience a variety of underlying stresses. For one, they are required to appear artificially perky and cheerful on the job, which author Barbara Ehrenreich says wastes energy that could be devoted to actual work – see Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, and Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America. Further, they need to keep up with the latest information, work late hours, take work home, and at the same time learn how to keep fit, look presentable and multitask. A good multitasker might be on the phone while answering email and doing “research” online, which might include checking out interesting facts on Neatorama.

All in all, there is more to being an office worker than just showing up for work. While today’s workers do not always need to carry a heavy briefcase to accomplish work at home – a USB stick loaded with PowerPoint files fits easily in the suit jacket pocket – there is nonetheless the need to continue to worry about the job as well as to work after hours or at home. I believe that the available types of office apparel fail to take into account real needs! I have come to the aid of workers of the office world with suits and dresses, jackets and hats designed especially for office professionals!

Visit Steven M. Johnson at his website.


I like nearly everything I read on Neatorama, but I'm not a big fan of the Museum of Possibilities posts. I wish they were condensed with a link to see the full post. I don't think they are funny or particularly interesting.
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elle - so agreed. i understand theyre whimsical/quirky/for a laugh, which neatorama does sometimes, but i dont particularly find them all that great (though im sure some do.) as it's such a regular feature it would be a great idea for it to be a link rather than take up so much real estate...those people who like it will click
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I think these posts display a superior problem solving and engineering mind, to say nothing of exceptional draftsmanship. Besides, he's got the gig and you people don't.

I welcome your attempts to out-engineer and out-draw him.
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I am surprised to find so many have a strong opinion about how much of a post goes on the front page! We are always open to suggestions. I've saved you a bit of scrolling by re-adjusting the post. Personally, I love these silly illustrations.
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LOL. These are awesome multitasker inventions! I wonder what they'd come up with for me? I "organized" my small place for my home biz with the best of intentions, but since constantly covered in candles, etc. that's kinda hard to see.

Rhyme Me a Smile
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In my opinion "Museum of Possibilities" is banal, bland, dull, flat, insipid, pointless, prosaic, trite, unfunny, vapid...Oops, my thesaurus ran out of words. In other words, I do not like it. Just my opinion.
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It's absolutely one of my favorites. I mean, I wouldn't be upset if they were condensed because it's not too much effort to go somewhere else to read them, but I think Steven M. Johnson needs the credit he deserves. These are always so clever!
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This is a really good compromise. It might be nice if all posts were around this size. Since Neatorama is updated very frequently (yay!) it makes it easier to scroll through new content when posts are shorter (with a click to see more).
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1. I LOVE and look forward to Steve's MoP postings. I have never understood people who wish to ban everything that they don't like/understand.

2. Steve: I think the Turn-Signal-Apparel is particularly ingenious! I'm tired of people(wherever their attention is) running into me in hallways!

3. John P (comment #1): I agree 100% with your mean and twisted "lead inserts for the yoke-case" idea!! Love it! :)
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I'm a big fan of Steves since I discovered him through Neatorama, He is incredibly inventive and an excellent draughtsman. So haters, If you don't like something, you just skip to the next article. It's that easy.
Thanks to Miss Cellania and the team for getting Steves work to a new audience. I always retweet his posts and my friends love them.
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