Top 17 Most Insanely Stupid Engineering Fails

July 22, 2016

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With all of the various engineers and engineering professions across the globe, there are endless hilarious examples of engineering fails. Sometimes it’s the engineer’s fault and others it is the builder being unable to read the plans. Regardless, here are 17 of the most insanely stupid engineering fails we could find from across the web.

The “late to class” door

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That’s probably the door you have to come in if you don’t make it to class in time. You would be surprised at how many buildings have doors leading to nowhere.

Extra balcony

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While this extra balcony was likely put there so that the building looked uniform from a distance, the architect or engineer could have done a better job making it look functional.

Too many manholes

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Manholes are used at bends of sanitary sewer pipes, and this is probably the most closely spaced collection of them ever. The engineer in me is wondering what the pipes underground look like if the road is this crazy.

A close fit

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We can’t think of a practical use of having urinals this close together. Nope.

The best seats around

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While engineers know how to design structures, they often forget that their products actually have to be usable, not just do the job.

Long Reach

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Handicapped stalls are the limos of bathroom stalls, but sometimes you can end up in a little bit of a predicament when you need to wipe.

“Where do we exit?”

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The tolerances in the design specs must have been set to a couple meters rather than a few centimeters.

The reverse phone booth

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Whoever built this obviously has no idea what the purpose of a phone booth is.

Stairs for giants

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This is what happens when you accidentally press the scale command in Auto CAD and don’t fix your mistakes. Steps for giants.

Out of place window

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While there is nothing wrong with having a window there, I really want to know what makes that room so special…

The electrical water outlet

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I like to call this the ‘electrified death socket.’ It’s what happens when a plumber and an electrician have a baby who then goes on to start his own business. I have so many questions about how this even happened.

Unsafe Install

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This picture is more of what happens before the fail. It’s also proof of why women live longer than men.

Stairway to wall

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Ah, a stairway to nowhere. It’s a lot like the stairway to heaven except much more depressing.

The quick way down for wheelchairs

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This is what happens when the regulating authorities say you need disability access and you don’t want to spend a lot of money.

Half toilet

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In case you only “kind of” needed to go.

Train collision

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My assumption here is that the railroad is just being built due to the exposed ties and that the building and pole have yet to be moved. However, I hope they don’t send a train down this track too soon.

Misplaced structural support

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This engineer was too focused on making sure that the structure would stand up and they forgot that people have to be able to walk through the building.

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