Why I Believe Printers Were Sent From Hell to Make Us Miserable

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Matthew Inman, aka "The Oatmeal," is a former web designer turned comic artist. He subsists primarily on a diet of dead crickets and malt liquor. He also thinks that printers have a place in hell right next to unicorns.

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Reprinted with permission from Matthew Inman. You can see more of his work on The Oatmeal or in 5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth, the comic book which he self published last year.

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electricarchie
electricarchie

As an architecture student, I can confess that this was by far the funniest and most true thing I've read online in a long, long, long time.

queue printer story: It was a morning after a long allnighter leading up to a final presentation. I went into our schools printroom off-hours (I was a volunteer) to print my stuff before the review. Naturally, the entire school found out I was in there.

Three hours later, I'm printing some stuff for fellow classmates on our school's HP designjet 4000ps. Its going smoothly... until the plotter proceeds to somehow grab an upturned edge of the paper and crumple the entire 4' plot into a giant ball just about instantly.

So now, I've got this giant crumpled blob of paper hanging out of the front of the plotter. I walk over to try and fix it... and the plotter proceeds to beep and display on its screen the words "possible paper jam". Having been up all night and already being more than a little punchdrunk, this was just too much. I fell to the floor and laughed for a solid 15 minutes.