Well, I certainly feel better about myself. I've had people accuse me of being a genius before, but I generally brush it off except on those occasions where it's the end of the day and I realize I can't put a pen in the pocket on my shirt because I've been wearing it inside out all day long. Yeah, that sounds about like something Einstein would do, I guess.
Apple has long been known as an innovative company that embraces genius innovations, probably why they call their tech support the "Genius Bar." That said, even the geniuses at Apple are occasionally prone to some pretty stupid mistakes.
At the newly designed Apple Park in California, a spaceship-style headquarters for the company, Apple geniuses can't seem to keep from walking straight into glass doors and windows. Perhaps the real "genius move" was on the part of designers who ignored warnings from the building inspector that just such a thing was quite likely to happen with the installation of the ultra-transparent glass used throughout the facility. The glass may be invisible to the eye, but it's evidently material enough to have sent at least three employees to the emergency room within the first month according to 911 calls obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">'I walked into a glass door': Emergency calls reveal string of accidents at Apple's $5bn HQ <a href="https://t.co/HG7ID7SHfz">https://t.co/HG7ID7SHfz</a></p>— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) <a href="https://twitter.com/Telegraph/status/970635794733035521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 5, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The $5bn, four-story glass and metal encampment was designed by architect Norman Foster. The glass used within is specially treated in order to have the level of transparency and whiteness. A lot of thought went into the design, for instance, the doorways all feature perfectly flat thresholds because “if engineers had to adjust their gait when entering the building, they risked distraction from their work.” Now I get this, I can be notably distracted when deep in the midst of the reveries of work. You know what else distracts from the reverie of work though? The type of concussion you can get from ambling, full speed straight into a thick, hard piece of glass wall.
The building's glass, by the way, is some of the largest, heaviest single pieces of glass ever installed on a building and not a single piece of glass used is straight. This was a tribute to Steve Jobs who wanted “a shot at building the best office building in the world." Due to the distraction of having to slow down to keep from walking into the thick, hard, ultra-heavy transparent glass, some employees have reportedly been plastering sticky notes on the wall in order to keep from bouncing off the glass walls.
Evidently, the notes are quickly removed due to the fact that they might detract from the building's design. I mean I've heard of form over function, but if you're sending your employees to the emergency room over a design that was initially implemented to look nice and increase worker productivity, you might have a bit of a problem…