One of the features my company didn't use, but were available for training were "Banners," those long scrolling LED signs you see everywhere. Aspect had their switches hard-coded to display call stats on them, messages, news, whatever you sent them. I didn't know this until I showed up for class, so during break, I studied ahead to that chapter.
"Hmmm... login here, go to there... find banner... text goes here..."
I looked at the banner in our classroom, which defaulted to the date and time. No change. I had typed in "Imagine a spherical chicken..." and had that scroll around. But it wasn't working. After some fooling around, I found I had to assign a particular banner, and there were 16 to choose from. After a few tries during some class downtime, I found the right one.
"Imagine a spherical chicken..." it said at first. It took the class about 20 minutes to realize that. Tittering showed that I had an audience. "He's lying... it was developed by a team of aliens for purposes as of yet unknown but deciphered from Mayan Petroglyphs..." was another one while the teacher explained the reasoning behind some script syntax. Then a comment about being the president of the company, and not wearing any pants. Then claiming today was "pants optional day," and how disappointed I (the president) was that no one was participating. Finally the teacher nicely requested to cut it out. Hilarity over.
What I didn't know was that in my initial attempt to find the correct banner, I had inadvertently sent messages to five other banners, live banners, elsewhere in the building.
LUCKILY only the "Imagine a spherical chicken..." was looping, but it was looping in 3 other classrooms, the "demo call center setup" they had in a glassed-in booth near their NOC, and the lobby near the rear entrance.
My teacher had to reset them all to what they were showing before.