Monday, July 07, 2008

Quick Question

We all hear, and in my opinion way too often, phrases like “pushing the envelope” and “thinking outside the box". So what would happen if someone pushed the envelope outside the box?

26 Comments:

Blogger DCup said...

Something good. I would hope that something really good would happen.

July 07, 2008 2:42 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

It would totally fray the space-time continuum!!!! Ahhhhhhh! Run for the hills ...

Heh. Hope you all had a good Fourth, POP.

July 07, 2008 3:10 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

it would be interesting.

i think.

July 07, 2008 3:52 AM  
Blogger FranIAm said...

Then real change might happen and boy-o-boy, some people would be happy and some people would be sad.

Yippeeeeee!

I gotta run, that big ass envelope is in the sorry ass box and I have work to do...

July 07, 2008 4:00 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

We'd have to bend over to pick it up, and since we might pull something that could lead to a workman's comp lawsuit, of which there are far too many of these frivolous lawsuits anyway, the envelope will never be pushed out of the box. I don't want to get fired.

July 07, 2008 4:12 AM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

There'd likely be an arrest. Once the envelope is in the box, any tampering with it is a felony.

July 07, 2008 4:24 AM  
Blogger Walt said...

Here's another question - what if the employer keeps urging you to think outside the box, but won't let you out of the box?

July 07, 2008 4:55 AM  
Blogger Mariamariacuchita said...

Sounds like my office...all of the graphics at our place of work are so "branded" yet the designers must adhere to color, font and spacing guidelines, while at the same time being impeccably creative and thinking outside the branding box.

July 07, 2008 5:32 AM  
Anonymous via said...

I'd rather have a smallish box in a biggish envelope. Good things come in small packages......

July 07, 2008 5:40 AM  
Blogger Agi said...

I prefer to keep my envelopes tightly sealed inside the box.

July 07, 2008 5:58 AM  
Blogger Jazz said...

It might completely change life the universe and everything.

Let's do it!

July 07, 2008 6:19 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

As the cartoonist William Hamilton had the old tycoon say, “I’ll think outside the box when the box is empty.”

July 07, 2008 6:55 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

"In my opinion...."

In my opinion, I think we have too many people showing us their opinions. I think we should think outside that box and push a different envelope by considering other views.

July 07, 2008 6:57 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

I think the envelope might go down the slippery slope.

July 07, 2008 7:38 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

We'd all wake up in a parallel universe where there are no envelopes, boxes, or Republicans.

July 07, 2008 7:50 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

generally when the envelope is pushed outside the box they crash. smoke, flames, and chaos ensue.

July 07, 2008 8:42 AM  
Blogger two crows said...

I'd love to see robin andrea's version come true.

MY fear tho is that I'd simply have a mess on my hands-- what with all those envelopes all over the floor and the box lying on its side all empty and everything.

July 07, 2008 9:00 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

Why do you gotta be such a boxist? I think, in fairness, we should PULL the envelope outside the packing container.
OR, let me see, let me see, hmmm, or, if, if... let's say the envelope is Zimbabwe... hear me out, hear me out... and the box is the G8 World Summit.... you see where I'm going here?
That's right, the BOX IS BEING OPPRESSED by a multinational conspiracy to eliminate all boxes and box making materials!!!!
Ahem... It's been a long weekend, have a heart.

Probably. Seriously, I got nothin'.

July 07, 2008 9:45 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

They would be arrested for tampering with the mail.

Federal offense.

July 07, 2008 12:15 PM  
Blogger an average patriot said...

Quite simple! We would get right out of the mess we are in! It is common for these idiots to say we must think and act like never before because we are confronting a new threat then the idiots prove incapable of doing that not solely but largly because they are incapable of unbiased individual thought and instead can think only on the party line. The world needs me and they must listen and of course they will not!

July 07, 2008 3:00 PM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

You might shift the paradigm.

July 07, 2008 3:53 PM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Hmmm, I'll have to ponder your zen like koan for awhile.

July 07, 2008 3:57 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

At the end of the day, someone might throw you under the bus.

July 07, 2008 7:50 PM  
Anonymous XUP said...

What splendid answers! My answer would be to then fold up the box and put it in the envelope and send it somewhere far, far away where they think boxes are interesting.

July 08, 2008 12:58 PM  
Blogger Spartacus said...

It's called think outside the box because the bosses want to remind you that own your cubicle-inhabiting ass. And when they fuck up (ala Enron), they "push the envelope" of blame in the form of an underwhelming severance package. Probably doesn't answer your question, but it's all I could think of.

July 09, 2008 9:07 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

well, then, they certainly would be 'beyond the pale,' don't you think?

July 13, 2008 12:04 PM  

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