The spreadsheet memes we can all relate to
By Rachael Ainsworth, Research Software Community Manager, Software Sustainability Institute. Twitter: @rachaelevelyn.
This blog post is published as part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet.
Spreadsheets are ubiquitous across academia and industry. Although mistakes can have real world consequences from genomics to austerity, sometimes you just have to laugh at the day-to-day trials and tribulations of trying to get spreadsheets to just. work. I have compiled below a selection of spreadsheet memes from around the internet, most of which of course relate to date formatting errors.
Spreadsheets in popular memes
Another day another stupid Excel chart pic.twitter.com/NaNLHTZGSW— Planet Dave (@_daviant) April 22, 2020
google sheets 🚩🚩🚩
have these Highly Specific Memes for all my fellow spreadsheet jockeys out there pic.twitter.com/u6qns6T6dK— 𓅇 Chase J 𓅊 (@ChaseJxyz) March 9, 2020 Source: Starecat
More on spreadsheets turning entries into dates
excel: is that a date?
me: 57.39 is very much not a date
excel: strong date vibes to me
excel: fixed it
excel: you’re welcome
Person 1: The glass is 1/2 full
Person 2: The glass is 1/2 empty
Excel: The glass is the 1st of February
Other common spreadsheet experiences
When you accidentally break a link in Excel pic.twitter.com/6V51zs14Om— excelhumor.xlsx (@ExcelHumor) April 4, 2021
Me trying to trace down the reason for the # N/A in cell B2 pic.twitter.com/BgQ8F9EWbK— excelhumor.xlsx (@ExcelHumor) November 8, 2019 October 6, 2021 Source: Pearls of Raw Nerdism