back to article BOFH: One flew over the PFY's nest

"He's what I refer to as a... megalotechno," the psychiatrist explains happily to me. "Completely devoted to IT - it's so rare to capture one alive. We've tried to study him of course but he's much too geeky for our standardised aptitude tests." "Mmm," I murmur non-committally, following him through pale green corridors and …


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  1. Vordicae

    Somehow, more terrifying than the ... alternative version.

    now, excuse me, I have some antibacterial lotion to put ... on my skin.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      It will rub the lotion into its skin.

  2. Manolo
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    Oh joy!

    A day off and a brilliant BOFH! Great Friday!

    1. James Micallef Silver badge
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      abso-frickin-lutely brilliant!!!

  3. MrXavia

    Brilliant! Just what I needed to set me up for the day!

  4. Mike Wood
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    Perfect way to start the weekend

  5. phuzz Silver badge

    off topic

    On a completely unrelated note, we've just discovered that one of the devs here has never heard of goatse.

    I don't think he'll be clicking on any links we send him today...

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    2. Peter Simpson 1

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      "I don't think he'll be clicking on any links we send him today..."

      Not after the first one, at any rate...

      // the one with the bottle of eye bleach in the pocket, thanks

    3. Anonymous C0ward

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      >never heard of goatse.

      What is he, 12?

    4. Suburban Inmate

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      expand his horizons - introduce him to tubgirl

  6. Fred Flintstone Gold badge

    His pulse never got over 75, not even when he subscribed everyone on the staff contacts list to several porn and gambling mailing lists. AND he still managed to finish the kebab...

    Hahaha - I *live* for this sort of humour. Brilliant, just brilliant.

    1. Evil Auditor Silver badge

      Yes yes, but what happened to putting them on the good ol' Scientology mailing list?

      1. Marshalltown
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        You want to create more Scientologists?

  7. Anonymous Coward
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    Thank you Simon, great start to an otherwise dull friday!!

    / Wanders off to the hotpress full of Thinkpads to make sure it's locked....

  8. Beamerboy


    Best one for ages - icon for obvious reasons, now off to get another tea to actually drink this time!

  9. Mystic Megabyte

    The screaming of the fans


    1. SiliconSlick
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      Re: The screaming of the fans

      One Flew over the PFY's Nest a.k.a. The Silence of the Luggables.

      1. Andus McCoatover

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        Silence of the drams?

  10. deadlockvictim

    I was wondering what he would do with the fava beans quote — a play on java beans perhaps?

    Well done Simon for a great installment!

    1. Alien8n

      Where did he install it and do you have to pay to visit?

      (It's a slow morning, GOG is running a very slow sale...)

    2. Martin Budden Silver badge

      But fava beans are the Merkin name for broad beans, not kidney beans.

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  13. Dr. Mouse

    Top notch, as always. Cheers Simon

  14. auburnman

    I'm just confused as to why Simon let PFY get out instead of sabotaging his escape plan and getting him put on the experimental Invasive Electrotherapy program as per established standard procedure. Must be bored at work or something.

    1. Fatman

      ...getting him put on the experimental Invasive Electrotherapy program as per established standard procedure.

      More likely saving that for the PHB.

  15. Mr. A

    As usual

    A treat, thank you Simon!

  16. Rhiakath Flanders
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    I missed these....

  17. Hugh Pumphrey


    I would be happy with an installment once every two months if they were all as brilliant as this one!

  18. Sir Runcible Spoon



    The only pseudopod in the brain-stem for me is the unbelievability of a techo-aware psychologist.

    VPN's and psychology just do not mix.

  19. davidp231

    That's how you start a Friday off.

    Happy BOFH day!

    1. earl grey

      Re: That's how you start a Friday off.

      I'll second that.

      1. Pedigree-Pete

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        Me too. :o) Thanks Simon. Already re-distributed to my like minded contacts.

  20. Tim 11

    are "me too" posts allowed in this particular instance?

    best one for years :-)

    1. Anonymous Dutch Coward

      Re: are "me too" posts allowed in this particular instance?

      Ehm... <shrugs> me, too!

      1. Will Godfrey Silver badge
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        Re: are "me too" posts allowed in this particular instance?

        Me three (well someone had to say it). Best BOFH that I can remember... and I had to be late home from the coal face!

  21. unitron

    Bastard On Friday, Hurrah!

    Best line--

    "Why? Did he someone show you a Windows Vista pamphlet?"


    "Yes, but how's his paranoia coming?"


  22. Dramoth

    Being stuck in Shannon... this is the best way to start the weekend... huzzah!

  23. The Gopher

    Beautifully Warped

    Hmm what can I say, twisted humor at it's best. The PFY is mentally unstable so was waiting on a "shrink" episode and this was a good one.. Great way to start my day :D..

    Now pass me the..................... I've got stuff to plan...

  24. sisk

    Heh, the PFY as Hannibal Lector. Brilliantly done. I almost feel sorry for the shrink. Almost.

  25. Herby

    Well where else would you go

    When your flat is being painted? Sounds logical to me.

    Fridays are becoming more complete with every BOFH story.

  26. Fr. Ted Crilly Silver badge
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    Next week PHB swallows his tongue.

    Admit it, the whole schtick was built round:

    'You still wake up sometimes don't you? In the dark...'


    'And hear the screaming of the fans'

    Marvelous stuff keep it up...

  27. Anonymous Coward
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    I still wake up at night, hearing the fans screaming! Awesome work Simon.

  28. MrAnderson

    Wrong Title

    Hilarious, but it should have been called "Silence of the Fans"

  29. ShadowDragon8685

    Isn't checking into a psych ward while your flat's being painted a little extreme? Sure, it's free room and board and they got to extract a hundred from the poor headshrink, but I'd think the week's worth of inconvenience wouldn't be worth it.

    No, there was an ulterior motive at work here. Clearly, this was all about ruining the shrink's week. Revengeance is a dish best served tepid, after all.

  30. Anonymous Coward
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    It puts the (Research in) Motion in the basket, or else it has to pose (with a Jesusphone)

  31. GenieonWork

    RE: A little too extreme?

    "And besides, about four weeks ago you pushed in front of us at a coffee shop, thinking we didn't notice."

    Seems good enough a reason for me...

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