Chris Mendla's Corner

A cornucopia of stuff. Do it yourself, humor, hacks, fails, self development.

Jack Ma on failure and rejection

Jack Ma failed his primary school test twice  and failed is secondary school test twice. He was rejected for a job at Kentucky Fried Chicken. 24 people applied. He was the only one rejected. He was one of five applicants for the police force. He was the only one rejected. He applied to Harvard 10 times and was always rejected. So, who is this dismal failure?

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At least it was an improvement over doing the wash by hand.

My grandmother had one of these in the 1970’s. The tub was the washer. The top part was a hand cranked or powered wringer. If you never knew the origin of “Don’t get your ___ caught in the ringer” this picture should explain it. The whole process was very manual as you can see in the video below.  I came across this while buying a modern dryer at Anchor Appliance in Tuckerton New Jersey (Got a good deal too!!). They had a collection of old appliance but unfortunately they had a fire. I’m not sure if any of the vintage appliances survived or were replaced. Continue reading

FAIL – drop a can of whipped cream and get a whipped cream rocket

One evening, I decided “Screw the diet” and got a can of whipped cream out of the fridge to top some ice cream. Unfortunately I dropped it. When it hit the floor, it converted itself into an unguided ballistic whipped cream rocket.  The can launched into a corksrew flight pattern spewing whipped cream everywhere.  I mean everywhere. Continue reading



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