If you ask an engineer…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Glass.”

Is the glass half full or half empty? Well, I can’t claim complete originality in my post, but I recall coming across the perfect response on the interwebs at some point, and it is that from an engineer’s perspective.

An optimist will say it’s half full, a pessimist, half empty – but to the engineer, the glass is obviously too big. Alternatively, if you ask the chemical engineer, the glass is always full, no matter the size, as it also contains air 🙂

So if your glass is looking a bit empty there are 2 options for you: One is to get a new glass. With a level control to ensure constant liquid level. It’s much more efficient.

Two, change your perspective and you’ll never have to worry about this silly question again!



5 thoughts on “If you ask an engineer…

  1. jackmat89 January 7, 2015 / 3:33 am

    I have been an engineer for several years and never thought of it like that. you just dealt a “hulk smash” to my puny view of the world

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  2. fillyourownglass January 7, 2015 / 5:08 am

    Awesome post, especially the last line! As my blog title indicates I am responsible for what’s in my glass, and how much! 🙂

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  3. Archon's Den January 7, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    If you ask a pedantic linguist, he’ll tell you it’s an ambiguous direction sign. If it was full a moment ago, it’s now half-empty. If it was empty a moment ago, it’s now half-full. 😕

    The pessimist keeps drinking from it to drown his depression, while the optimist thinks he can keep it full. 🙄

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    • Alli January 7, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Haha yes it depends if it’s being filled or emptied. I always imagined it to be water though. That must be somewhat Freudian in itself


  4. Olive Ole June 6, 2016 / 8:49 pm

    Great post! I have never understood this problem; half full or half empty is irrelevant as long as you can refill the darn thing!


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