11 of the Most Unforgettable Engineering Moments of the Decade

Here are 11 of the funniest moments in engineering over the last ten years.
Christopher McFadden

As we now enter a brand spanking new decade, we thought it might be fun to take a look back at some of the funniest moments in engineering from the 2010s. By risking our sanity trawling through Reddit, we managed to uncover 11 "nuggets" from the last ten years.

We do hope they meet with your approval. Feel free to add some of your own in the comments!


What are some of the funniest engineering moments of the last decade?

So, without further ado, here are some of the funniest and most memorable engineering moments from the net. Trust us when we say this list is far from exhaustive and is in no particular order.


1. When needs must...

Bride Who Is A Computer Engineer Doesn’t Have Any Girlfriends, So She Invites Her Bros Instead from r/funny

Engineering tends to be a subject devoid of females for the most part, but that doesn't mean female engineers can't improvise when needs must. This computer engineer bride had to recruit her male colleagues to stand in for her bridesmaids. 

It appears the gambit may have paid off. We wonder if they also got matching dresses too? 

Looks like they had a lot of fun, to be honest. 

2. The computer says yes!

Apparently this bridge would work (X-post /r/Engineering) from r/funny

Computer-aided design programs can be invaluable for engineers to plan highly complex things, but there are times when things seem too good to be true. Take this innovative bridge design for example. 

Apparently, despite everyone's basic understanding of the real world, this bridge design would actually work. Who would be brave enough to actually put the design into practice, however?

We hope that the freight operator has good insurance. 

3. Seems legit

Safety First from r/funny

"Safety first" as the saying goes but you need to back that up with easy-to-understand warning signs. While not incorrect per se, these ones are a little, how should we say, inappropriate? 

This might lead to some very interesting conversations with the general public. Especially during peak commute times. 

Perhaps they should grab themselves a thesaurus and reword the signage? But it's none of our business of course. 

4. We suspect foul play here...

Balance Level: Engineer from r/funny

This is one impressive card trick, we must admit. However, we do suspect that someone might be cheating a little bit.

Some strategic use of glue? Perhaps some hidden tape underneath? We will never know for sure.

Of course, if it is genuine, this guy needs a medal. Impressive. 

5. Check out this completely useless, but amazing, piece of engineering

Someone have great ideas.... from r/funny

The ingenuity of mankind knows no bounds. But just because something is possible does it really need to be done?

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The answer is, of course, yes of course! The challenge is enough of an excuse.

Frankly, this is an amazing effort. despite the lack of real-life applications, it is mesmerizing to watch. We wonder how long it took to design and setup. 

6. An engineer in the making

my nephew was a little confused by the finished product. from r/funny

This little fellow has all the makings of a great engineer. While the final picture might not be correct, from an engineering perspective, the piece fits snuggly. 

Such improvisation skills will serve this little engineer-to-be very well in his future career. Though perhaps he was just "playing" with his uncle's mind?

Never underestimate the ability of a child to mess with adults...

7. Some is a fan of Mousetrap!

Mousetrap! from r/funny

There are no better bed-fellows than engineering and practical jokes. Take this classic example.

Using their obvious love for the board game Mousetrap!, this prankster pulls out all the stops to get one over on his friend. While the basket-on-head is funny itself, the addition of a groin-buster device is truly inspiring!

Perhaps this chap needs to be hired in the security industry? Maybe he could consider patenting his amazing new anti-intruder device?


8. We are not sure if the translation is 100% accurate here!

Someone has decided to be a little "playful with the truth" using a classic piece of TV footage. Although the original video was about this guy's time working at a beach bar in Chopiona, this YouTuber has decided to "translate" his story into something completely different.

It is always fun to have a playful dig at Apple. No excuses needed sir. 

9. R Kelly 4 Life

I hope my Chemical Engineering prof is an R Kelly fan.... from r/funny

This chemical engineering student decided to be a little playful with one of his assignments. Ever the R Kelly fan, he decided to add a little flavor to an otherwise bland piece of homework.

To be honest we do hope their professor has a sense of humor. This might just brighten up their day?

It could, of course, work against them when they receive their grades. Good luck sir. 

10. "Redneck engineering" to the rescue!

The A/C in my friend's office is broken - Redneck engineering to the rescue! from r/pics

"Necessity is the mother of all invention" as the saying goes. So when this chap's friend's office AC broke, they decided to take matters into their own hands.

Using some common pieces of equipment they found lying around, they were able to jerry-rig their very own AC unit. A fantastic piece of engineering-handiwork we must agree.

We just wonder how effective it actually was. Good effort!

11. Start as you mean to go on

How could you go too far? from r/funny

And finally, this meme pretty much sums up every single software engineer's project. Despite promising themselves to write their code logically and robustly, the code inevitably takes on a life of its own.

So long as the final product works it's all good. No one will ever actually see the backend anyway.

Try again next time.

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