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10 Funny Civil Engineering Fails to Brighten Up Your Day

08 January 2018

Engineers need to be precise, accurate and perfect on almost every job they work on. But sometimes they don’t get it quite right. Below are 10 of the funniest engineering fails to brighten up your Monday morning.

1. Bridge over troubled pavement?

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Clearly, the engineer of this bridge didn’t think it all the way through. Maybe they just wanted to provide pool goers with a fun passage to the other side of this pavement?

2. Escalator Limbo


Maybe this engineer’s measuring tape was broken? You would have to do some serious crouching to get up this escalator.

3. Throne Meant for a King?


Maybe the engineer involved really has a flair for the dramatic, or an obsession with thrones. Whatever it is, this definitely could have been scaled back a bit. Who need 3 steps to get to the toilet? Let alone 3 giant steps!

4) Stairway to… A Hole in the Door


Stairs, bad measurements, or do you think they wanted to have a ledge near their door? This one is very confusing, how did it go so wrong?

5) Kind of Wheelchair Friendly


At least they are trying to be wheelchair accessible? This is definitely not a usable ramp, but "A" for effort.

6) A Really Special Window

(Source: Maelman/Imgur)(Source: Maelman/Imgur)

Maybe this person made a special request to have a side window? Or they forgot to add all the other windows?

7) ATM for Giants Only


There is a possibility that this engineer is just a really tall person who was sick of having to bend down to use an ATM. But it looks like they are going to have to install some stairs so average height people can use it.

8) Elastagirl’s Toilet

(Source: Imgur)(Source: Imgur)

You’re going to need stretchable arms like Elastagirl to reach the toilet paper holder on this toilet!

9) Stairs to Nowhere

(Source: Imgur)(Source: Imgur)

I want to give whomever came up with this the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the railing on this staircase was supposed to be a gate and not a railing. But that wouldn’t explain why the staircase leads right into a wall…

10) I Don’t Want to Tell Them

(Source: Imgur)(Source: Imgur)

How is it that six people haven’t realized how crooked this is? Or maybe they are the ones there to fix it. I can’t imagine anything is going to run on this track if it isn’t fixed ASAP.

Hopefully, this list of fails has put a smile on your face on a Monday. And hopefully, better engineers fixed these mistakes as soon as possible! Which one made you laugh? Let me know in the comments!

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Re: 10 Funny Civil Engineering Fails to Brighten Up Your Day
2018-Jan-08 2:07 PM

In point of fact, these are examples of inspection, architectural, carpenter, plumber, Permiting, and/or communication fails, not Civil Engineering Fails...

The railroad example may have been a failure of excessive use, and the railroad bed designer may, or may not, have been a Civil Engineer...

Re: 10 Funny Civil Engineering Fails to Brighten Up Your Day
2018-Jan-09 1:03 AM

OK, some of these are quite puzzling! The thought processes to get to these results...

But as for the last picture of the railway: That looks like a kick-out (or buckling) of the rails under excessive longitudinal forces due to high temperatures and/or inadequate lateral support, and the staff are just starting to repair it.

Re: 10 Funny Civil Engineering Fails to Brighten Up Your Day
In reply to #2
2018-Jan-09 12:34 PM

Alternately, notice that, primarily, the extra track length to (supply) room for the track to horizontally sway (towards the viewer's right) is a straightening of the downhill railway from a left-ward turning rail roadbed (for trains coming downhill) a little too rapidly, for the conditions, and hard-braking towards the bottom of the slope, causing the track horizontal curvature to become more of a geometric chord, rather than remaining more of the originally designed portion of a horizontal circle...

Re: 10 Funny Civil Engineering Fails to Brighten Up Your Day
2018-Jan-09 3:05 PM

I saw a similar picture of the railroad track after an earthquake in New Zealand a few years ago. I assume they fixed it by now. I must admit that I played with the picture a wee bit, and connected the left rail to the right one, and the right rail to the left one. making it totally unusable, but the original picture was for real


Re: 10 Funny Civil Engineering Fails to Brighten Up Your Day
2018-Apr-14 11:13 PM

Is there Civil Engineering failure or civil engineers failure? Or the just the constructor fails while building without civil engineers. lol!

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