We have a water cooler in our department kitchen. The kind with the big 5gallon jug on top. The kind that looks like this:
I never understood the physics of these things. I could just see myself hoist one of those rather large water jugs up - upside down - and somehow manage to flood the whole kitchen. So I stayed away from it. Well, from that aspect of it. I still used it for water, but would always make sure that I didn't drain it so that I wouldn't have to be the one to replace the jug (and I have since found out that I wasn't the only sneaky one).
One day, though, I sucked it up and asked for help. A colleague kindly showed me how it was done... and though there was a bit of "splashing" there was very little spilling and it was all pretty straight forward. Excellent. I soon became a pro water-cooler-jug-inserter person.
Until yesterday, that is. We usually have a stockpile of full water jugs on the floor and some additional ones on some shelves. I've always been able to just grab one from the floor and go. Not that "going" is easy. Those things are heavy - 5gallons equates to 47.1pounds. The internet tells me that this is like picking up a 4year-old higher than your own waist and turning them upside down. And just so we're all clear (though I don't expect any doubt here), I'm pretty weak, so this can be tough. Despite that, I've managed just fine when picking a jug from off the floor. Yesterday though, I needed to grab one of the jugs by the neck from the shelf and transfer it to the floor, before engaging in the normal insertion-process.
Oh how I failed. I managed to pretty much drop the jug on the ground - nay, my foot - which actually cracked the stupid thing, not to mention hurt my foot. Water started pouring everywhere. Through some Hulk-like adrenaline rush I was able to practically throw it into the sink as I evaluated what to do next. I knew as soon as I got it onto the cooler things would be fine (the water level would then be below the crack in the very base on the jug), but it was going to be a challenge as a stream of water jetted, quite forcefully, out of the container. With the help of what seemed to be a whole roll of paper towels I managed to get the sucker in. Of course, I came out of the deal wet, dirty and slightly stressed.
A lot of work for some water, eh?
(After reading over the post I cringed at my last statement and the decidedly 1st-world nature of this "problem." I should donate to charity:water.)