Bureaucracy Meets Its Match

Photo by: John Robinson

Dr. Haanraadts stood before reporters, safely across the river from the High-Energy Physics Institute. “I’m proud to say we’ve successfully tested the Wells Drive,” he grinned. “Our time-traveling team has returned from the past safe and sound.”

Reporters surged forward in excitement.

“Unfortunately, traveling to a very different Earth has dangers. A Foreign Biological Element has returned with them.”

“What does that mean?” shouted reporters. “Dangerous bacteria?”


“Exotic pollen?”

“Is the public in danger?”

“I assure you, you are all safe,” said Haanraadts. “We are containing the foreign element for study. That’s all for now. Thank you!”

A winded grad student ran up to Haanraadts and whispered, “It’s in the administration processing wing.”

“Administration processing?” grinned Haanraadts. “It could be trapped in there forever! At last we’ve got it cornered.”

“Well, not exactly.”

“Why not? That space is filled with obstacles.”

The student winced. “Yeah. All those cubicles and government overseers do stop us from ordering more toilet paper, for instance.”


“They don’t slow down an angry Triceratops!”
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/09/17/sunday-photo-fiction-september-17th-2017/

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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17 Responses to Bureaucracy Meets Its Match

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    Oddly, I was relieved that it was only a dinosaur. A single dinosaur can’t do nearly as much damage as a rogue bacteria or virus, and would be SO cool to study! That said, I’m glad I’m not in the Admin Processing wing today!

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    • EagleAye says:

      I don’t think there’s anything odd about that. Bacteria can be far more dangerous than an angry 11,000 pound animal. And it’s also unfettered by bureaucracy. Humanity got off easy on this one. 😉 This was the first time anyone moved fast in the Administration office. 😉 Thanks Joy!

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  2. James says:

    My guess is that we might not have the right kinds of food or environment to sustain the creature for very long, plus it would be the last of its kind. On the other hand, having it take out a few administrators would be a boon to all mankind. Maybe turn it loose in Congress.

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  3. athling2001 says:

    Whoops! Great story.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lyn says:

    Was it a male or female Triceratops? If it’s a female, she might be pregnant and that really make things interesting. A hormonal, pregnant triceratops…Ooooh… 😀


  5. JS Brand says:

    In my experience the bureaucrats always triumph. Someone needs to send that poor dinosaur back now!
    Good story.

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  6. Vivian Zems says:

    The poor thing must be so frightened….crashing about like that. I wonder what happened next? 🙂

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  7. Congress is already full of dinosaurs!

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  8. Slightly larger than a microbe haha

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