Careful what you wish for…

The Grinch's Christmas presentLove a good Dr. Seuss book. Here are a few fun facts you mightn’t know about this talented man:

  • His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel and had other pen names prior to staying with Dr Seuss – Dr. Theophrastus Seuss, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone
  • Although the Grinch is specific character in a Dr. Seuss book, it is now commonly used to refer to people displaying a similar distain to Christmas
  • He married twice, but had no children. The irony would lead people to ask, Why no kids? He used to answer, ’You have ‘em; I’ll entertain ‘em.’
  • The Cat is the Hat was inspired after a text book editor read an article in Life magazine about the high rate of illiteracy amongst children. He commissioned Dr Seuss to write a book for kids to read. the catch was, he was only to use the 250 words provided to him by the editor.

Frank’s boss finds advantages of his newly acquired corporate stilts

Corporate ladder replaced

Many thanks to GD, long time friend of Just Outside the Box, for coming up with this cartoon after commenting on the last episode of Frank and his boss.

The corporate stilts

A possible replacement for the corporate ladder – mobile corporate stilts?

Corporate ladder stilts

A Merry Christmas Freebie

Yes, it’s time for another Fabulous Friday Freebie.

Free christmas cracker templateMake Christmas personal this year with your very own home made crackers.

This freebie comes complete with:

  • wrapper design
  • a really daggy hat (but it wouldn’t be the same without one)
  • a really cool cartoon joke (made by yours truly and pretty funny if I do say so myself) and
  • of course, instructions (a last resort for most)

This year, in celebration of my soon to be released kids picture book – How to make an Alien – we’ve gone for an alien theme. Enjoy and download today!

The safety committee visit Frank’s floor

glass ceiling

New corporate climber joins Frank’s office


Ever been caught out making incorrect assumptions before?

How emails develop a life of their own

Email evolution

Because I can (and possibly because I am an engineer and like to play with numbers), I did a quick calculation to work out how full Frank’s inbox would get after the scenario above played its course.

After the fifth iteration (starting when Frank’s initial colleague on forwards the email), Frank has 32 emails in his inbox, and we’ve involved 63 of our (now very close) work colleagues in this discussion.

If the iterations continue overnight to our final cartoon cell,

  • After 10 iterations, Frank has 512 emails
  • After 15, he has has 8,192 emails
  • After 20, he has a whopping 524,288 emails

Makes you think twice about hitting ‘Reply all’, eh?

Next time, pick up the phone instead.



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