#728 – Seat

A few months ago they started replacing all the light switches in the common areas at work with motion detectors. When they first installed one in the men’s bathroom it was only set for about 5 minutes. It was really weird sitting there in the dark. I tried balling up some toilet paper and tossing it over the top but the detector was around the corner from me. Eventually someone else came in and was polite enough to not ask why there were balls of toilet paper on the floor.


36 thoughts on “#728 – Seat”

  1. Speakerblast says:

    It i funny because I memorized Hamlet lines on a toilet today!

    Also, that could become quite an embarassing situation.

  2. Micah says:

    Heh…going along with my outlandish Spielberg guess from yesterday, this would be like that scene from Men in Black II where they got flushed out of the Men in Black building.

    (Now I’m just grasping for straws.)

  3. Michael says:

    My physics exams in high school were a whopping two hours each, as were my chemistry and maths exams.

  4. SEA says:

    Tell me about it, 2 hours is MORE that enough even if i am bad in the subject…

    After some time, nothing comes out from my brain anymore…waste of time sitting there D:

  5. JippenFaddoul says:

    Oy, our work got those. Most of them aren’t actually motion detectors, though. They trigger off of IR radiating from your body. However, if you examine the fixture, you can generally pop the top off with light pressure. Underneath, there is a jumper. Pull off the jumper and the lights stay on.

    A great hack for working night shift with the light’s motion sensor pointed nowhere near your work area. ~.~

  6. Space Butler says:

    Biff seems appropiately speechless (although, perhaps that isn’t saying much).

  7. Signum says:

    school subjects seems like a plausible theme.

  8. MaskedMan says:

    Long tests… Yeah, been there, done that.

    We’ve even got those motion sensors in our offices – Sit still for too long, and your lights go out! Fortunately, the startled “what the heck” movement when the lights go out on you is usually enough to reset the sensor.

  9. Julien says:

    The Fundamentals of Engineering exam is 8 hours long…

  10. …no matter how long a test was.. i really don’t think i could go to the bathroom in that sort of setting.. and seriously, you KNOW some weird guy.. probably the big awkward one who already smells bad and is sitting in the corner right behind you is gonna take one huge smell dump! No sir.. this is not the environment for me to take a test in! LOL

    great post!

  11. Fishy says:

    In my dormitory the showers have such a motion sensor, 5 minutes after you enter the light goes out. Luckily only the lights in each individual shower cabin go out, and not the big lamp in the center hallway, so you still have some twilight to shower in.

  12. Micah says:

    @Signum: Mid-terms, if you want to be more specific considering the time of year this is.

  13. Jackson says:

    I know there are a lot of them, but this here is a strong contender for “Best Book of Biff Comic Ever.”

  14. Rasheed says:

    Chris, has there ever been a week you remember peoples’ guesses for themes more than your actual ones?

  15. TigerGulp says:

    Ewwwwwwww…. but yes! It sucks when you really got to go and you can’t. Which is why you try to avoid drinking anything before a big whatever to prevent the peepee dance.

    Also……. no. I’ve decided to not ask why you were in the bathroom for longer than 5 minutes. *shudder*

  16. dartigen says:

    We always get told to go to the toilet before exams, seeing as we’re not allowed to leave the classroom once the exam begins. I usually go after sneaking a peek at the essay section of the English exam.
    Yes, I’m one of those people who gets their best ideas sitting on the toilet. Occasionally in the shower as well.

    The longest exam I’ve heard of so far at school is the Stage 1 Physics exam. Apparently, it’s three hours long, and you’re not allowed to take in a note sheet.

  17. MoosePhysh says:

    Hmm…would you need to include stalls? Would guys take the test standing up? Would the guys be really crowded and the girls would have a lot of space (engineering)?

  18. Dude says:

    I don’t envy the Plumbing students taking their test afterwards.

  19. fluffy says:

    My PhD qualification exams were a total of 5 hours, although it was in 1-hour chunks, and each chunk only took me 15 minutes or so (since like many things in computer science, either you know it innately and can answer right away, or you struggle for the whole time and really shouldn’t be in computer science).

  20. Kurast says:

    My programming finals were 3 hours long and the situation is the same. Either you knew what to do and got it done fast, or had no idea and should’ve changed to something less mindboggling.

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  22. Reg says:

    Well, if Biff comes across a question “#2”, lets hope they provide some extra paper for that…
    And does Biff really need to take this kind of test with all the crazy inventions he’s had? Or maybe that’s why he taking the test.

  23. Signum says:

    no school subjects, the last comic didnt involve a test

  24. ananomuos says:

    Speakerblast are you a student of mrs. mcguckin?

  25. Lirleni says:

    The building management has recently installed those IR/motion sensors in my office. They can be very annoying.

  26. Z2012 Ed says:

    So true, it’s kind of frustrating when we have finals in the same room as an arts class, and they’re leaving after only an hour.

  27. speearr says:

    I know…. tell me about it.

  28. EliteRock says:

    If biff can make a toilet from scartch or a plan sheet? what does he really need to study for

  29. kenshin620 says:

    shoot…congrats chris, you just scared me about my exam in a few months…

  30. Chris says:

    @kenshin620 – Awesome.

  31. tom says:

    re: comic — I drink a lot of coffee, so I frequently have to pee during tests. This is great, because I have an excuse to run like my shoes are on fire, and peeing tends to clear my mind. So, I get back to my seat refreshed, and my blood pumping fresh oxygen up to the thought factory.

    re: post — My department is pretty environmentally conscious. Hence, the lights are typically out in the boys’ room. The urinal is close enough to the door for me to walk up to it before the door closes. So, I just don’t turn the lights on. I know where the flush handle and door handle are, so there’s no problems. But… when somebody walks into a dark room, they don’t expect somebody to be peeing. Strangest thing.

  32. ElGeFe says:

    Longest test I ever took was an electromagnetics exam that took me 5 hours, the professor gave us a snack, then some sandwiches and OJ… second longest was a mechanical drawing exam that took me over 4 hours to finish, some people where in there for over 6.

  33. (user removed) says:

    where do you come up with this? :p

  34. YukiSnowflake says:

    @Reg – i just laughed my head off, quietly, because next door are watching a film, and they complain if we laugh too loud (*grumpy old farts*)

  35. DaemonThanatos says:

    my god…they’ve made them even MORE uncomfortable! (truth be told, though, i HAVE fallen asleep on the toilet…and woke up surprisingly well rested afterwards)

  36. Marscaleb says:

    This page made me laugh!

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