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Office Mules

use a small herd of mountain scaling mules instead of an elevator system
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This idea is especially suitable for the type of building with a large surface area, part of which can be devoted for grazing purposes - like the roof.

In the morning the mules would be stationed on the ground floor concourse, ready to transport the office staff to the upper levels. Scree and rubble carpeted stairs would assist the mules to clamber up the otherwise difficult polished surfaces. Each mule would be accompanied by a sherpa, but in time the mules would learn which floor to go to by being fed a corresponding number of carrot fragments. A system of dangling baskets inside the enlarged stairwells would enable the mules to be lowered quickly to the ground, once they had dropped off their passenger load.

Key members of staff would get their own personal mule placed on permanent standby with a small grazing and frolicking area adjacent to their office, and at weekends for a reward, staff could get a mule to take home.

xenzag, Jan 11 2006

Mules - not just sterile horse-donkey crosses you know! http://dictionary.r....com/search?q=mules
[jonthegeologist, Jan 11 2006]

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       If you change mules to llamas, you get my vote. Llamas are just so much cuter, so much softer, and can reproduce.
dbmag9, Jan 11 2006
  

       I'm not opposed to the llama, but I'm actually now leaning more towards donkeys, as I really like them
xenzag, Jan 11 2006
  

       Are we forgetting that these animals have body functions that are large and smelly? I wouldn't want to have to clean up after them. Also, think of the hazards of stepping in said mess.
DVineMissEva, Jan 11 2006
  

       We can train them to go and perform these 'functions' in a designated area.   

       Donkeys are better than mules, but I still want my llamas. In my ideal office, the whole place would be warm and cosy, with a roaring fireplace and rocking chairs, complete with cats in every crevice, and ferrets zooming around too. And llamas. And little flying robots that fetch things for you.
dbmag9, Jan 11 2006
  

       I have known mules, llamas, cats, and ferrets that I've liked, but your "ideal office" is going to stink.
normzone, Jan 11 2006
  

       Coming from the author of the long gone, "Pedro The Office Ass", I hereby pass you a bun under the table. (I have always loved the image of an ass, not the boss, meandering by cubicles with fresh hot coffee and danish attached to it's saddle.)
blissmiss, Jan 11 2006
  

       I so thought this idea was going to be about special office shoes, really comfy ones - a sort of mufty day for your feet.   

       I'd quite like to wear slippers to the office.
jonthegeologist, Jan 11 2006
  

       re: <link> what's the difference between a hinny and a mule ? would there be that much environmental difference (mother's a horse or donkey) that they have to make up a new word ?   

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FlyingToaster, Nov 26 2009
  

       well I was hoping that this idea would be about using a few choice individuals to move contraband in the work environment.
WcW, Nov 26 2009
  

       There might be a catch- you'd find the younger male staff members shaving go-faster striper on the mules. Or the Mercedes logo. On the other hand this might be a perfect way for car makers to get some low carbon advertising..   

       I thought [DVineMissEva] showed that they're not so low-carbon after all?
dbmag9, Nov 27 2009
  
      
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