We are always looking for a good excuse to prank each other, so when Johnny's birthday rolled around, his team went to work. Notice the extension cord - his desk had power and he was able to work outside! You may remember some of our classic pranks like the Ping Pong Ball Dump. Check out the throwback video below:
Zappos Blogs: Weirdness
In an effort to "Create Fun and A Little Weirdness" and "Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit" the Tech teams in Las Vegas and Kentucky held their Fourth Annual Tech Donut Eating Contest. The donut eating contest was open to anyone in the tech team whether contractor/employee, manager/non-manager, male/female or pro/amateur. This year, we were even able to include the folks KY "real-time" thanks to our SKYPE-enabled video conferencing system.
Once ground rules were communicated and donuts placed strategically, the participants prepared themselves for the challenge ahead. And they’re off! The atmosphere was electric with spectators packed 4 to 6 deep in the specially designed arena. Many fans were holding signs for their favorite participant and chanting well-rehearsed cheers. The most zealous of fans were even standing on desks and chairs/couches to see their favored participants, much to chagrin of our risk team. Spectators strained to hear the designated "counters" as the donuts were consumed. The throng became even more frenzied as the contestants blew past last year's record (Brent Cromley) of 15 without a hint of slowing down. Finally, the crowd gave a collective gasp as Bryan Merrill's counter yelled "24!", and the final second ticked off. Wow! 24 donuts! Bryan Merrill buried the last year's record. Much like Zappos doing 12.4 million on Cyber Monday and burying the 7.8 million from 2009!). Brent graciously handed the gold-encased trophy to Bryan. And now it's time to train for next year!
We are always looking for reasons to celebrate, dress up, have fun and be a little weird. Kathleen, one of our lovely merchandisers, created Maxi Dress Mondays as a way to stay cool in our triple-digit heat while celebrating the tradition of down-to-the-ankle dresses.
Kathleen (who owns over 40 maxi dresses) sent out emails to the company to get the word out and gathered over 30 maxi dress-wearing women together for the first Maxi Dress Monday. This is all a part of her goal to have the third Monday of July become a national day of observance. She even urges men to support the cause by rocking sarongs and kilts on Mondays until Congress observes the holiday.
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