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Today the wife gave me a package and said "Open this". It was a plastic container holding a pair of Chef's shears. I'm the one around here who has to open all packaging or bottles, etc. The plastic was too hard to open with my bare hands. I immediately thought of Asimov's story.
Yes I did read this story, in 1957 as a matter of fact.
In the story the space travelers were being supplied with instruments they needed, but the instruments were packaged dis-assembled, with a set of confusing instructions about how to re-assemble the instruments. They requested a robot that knew how to assemble the instruments. It was shipped, and came dis-assembled, with a confusing set of instructions about how to re-assemble the robot.
I was given a package which I couldn't open because the plastic was too tough to open with my bare hands. Whet I needed was a good pair of shears. The package contained those very shears.
I know, once you explain a joke it is no longer funny.
If it's any consolation, in the 80s I worked for a company making VDTs - Terminals, big heavy metal terminals[^] for computers. They were shipped in a big box that opened at the top, and the unpacking instructions were...on the bottom, under the terminal.
Never underestimate the power of stupid things in large numbers --- Serious Sam