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[Comments] (1) : Remember the days of wacky flowcharts? No, I don't either. But they existed, and for a time the writers of wacky flowcharts were given high esteem. They mingled with the likes of the guy who did the "You Want It When?" and "If You Think People Never Come Back From The Dead, You Should See This Place Around Closing Time!" posters, and did fearsome battle with the "Hang In There!" kitten. Their deeds were recorded on... extremely linear flowcharts, I guess.

+-----------------------+   +---------------------------------------+
| Wrote wacky flowchart |-->| Incorporated suggestions into version |
+-----------------------+   | 2 of wacky flowchart                  | 
                            +---------------------------------------+
                                              |
                                              v
                    +---------------------------------------------+
  +-----------------| Revealed 6 new flowcharts at company picnic |
  |                 +---------------------------------------------+
  v
+------------------------------------------------------------+
| Came up with trendy Cabbage Patch Dolls flowchart, big hit |
+------------------------------------------------------------+
                         |
                         v
         +------------------------------------+
   +-----| Cabbage Patch Doll market collapse |
   |     +------------------------------------+             
   |
   |   +---------+    +---------------------------------------------+
   +-->| Despair |--->| Slashed wrists with own flowchart templates |
       +---------+    +---------------------------------------------+
                                           |
                                           v
                                     +-------------+
                                     | NO PROBLEM! |
                                     +-------------+

As flowcharts became obsolete, a few of the surviving wacky flowchart writers managed to make the transition to wacky UML diagrams, but their audience ever shrinks and becomes more technical. Some of the old stuff is really good, though. For instance, today on Crooked Timber they posted a funny, multi-page Meta-Cosmology Theory Flowchart. That was actually the whole point of this entry, but it's sort of overshadowed by the graphic. HEY! LOOK OVER HERE! There, that should do it.

Even today, flowcharts are sometimes funny, but it's usually unintentional.

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Posted by Brian Danger Hicks at Sat Nov 01 2003 16:01

I remember seeing a similar-looking problem-solving flowchart, except the NO off of "Did You Mess With It?" just looped back to "Did You Mess With It?"


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