As soon as this pilot fish goes to lunch, he gets an emergency work order -- and it's a doozy.
Says fish, "It was relayed through the help desk from our director of IT: We need you to go to room 1607 ASAP! Someone went through the room with a magnet and all the computers need to be checked. We are sending this through as a priority one request, needs to be done right away!"
Fish cuts his lunch short and heads back to the building in question, where he finds -- well, everything looking pretty much the way it's supposed to be. All all the computers are on and functioning fine.
OK, he figures, I'll log in and start to check them out. Maybe some obvious errors will appear.
But the longer he works, the more confused he gets. Everything really is fine. All the systems work just as they should.
Fish calls the help desk to ask them what's going on. "Look," help desk tech says, "the boss called and everything needs to be covered. Someone went through the room with a magnet."
Covered? asks fish. Why am I covering them?
"I don't know," tech says. "The boss called and he said someone took a magnet to all the computers and they need to be covered."
OK, says increasingly baffled fish, but I don't have a supply of sheets or blankets. What do you suggest I cover them with? And, really, what good is covering them going to do?
Before the help desk tech can reply, fish spots several maintenance guys that he knows. They've come in through the back door, and they're carrying ladders and buckets. What are you guys doing here? fish asks.
Nearest maintenance guy replies, "Apparently there's a dead pigeon in the ceiling, and a couple of maggots fell on the floor. We're here to remove the pigeon."
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