GIS Jokes

Caitlin Dempsey


Here are some corny GIS jokes.

This first one came off the GIS-L discussion list in 1999. The second I am not sure of the author – it came to me as an email forward. Those of you that have ever had to work with consultants will find these mildly amusing:

GIS salesman joke

There once was a super GIS salesman that travelled the world with a great ‘it can do everything’ GIS demo (but the real stuff was vapourware). He sold it to lonely GISers and made lots of money.

One day while dashing through an airport on his way to clinch another mega deal he dropped dead of a heart attack.

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At the gates of Heaven he was judged. He had lived a borderline life and was given the option of Heaven or Hell. He could look into the doors of each and choose.

As he opened the door to Heaven, wonderful harp music played, be saw people floating on clouds and all was bright and white.

Next he opened the doors to Hell and saw people drinking beer and dancing to rock and roil music. Everyone was partying. It was just like his first year at college.

When he met with his Maker again, he said: ‘Heaven is great and wonderful, but the other is more my style’. ‘Think carefully’, he was told, but the other was his wish.

As the doors of Hell opened for him, the intense heat hit him and he was pulled in. He stood before the Devil and saw pain and sorrow everywhere.

He shouted at the Devil: ‘Where is the party and beer?’ ‘The Devil laughed: ‘That was the demo, this is the real thing’.

GIS consultant joke

Once upon a time there was a sheepherder tending his sheep at the edge of a country road in rural Wyoming.

A brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee screeched to a halt next to him. The driver, a young man dressed in a Brioni suit, Cerrutti shoes, Ray-Ban glasses, Jovial Swiss wristwatch and a BHS tie, jumped out and asked the herder “If I guess how many sheep you have, will you give me one of them?”

The herder looked at the young man, then looked at the sprawling herd of grazing sheep and said “Okay.” The young man parked the SUV, connected his notebook and wireless modem, entered a NASA site, scanned the ground using satellite imagry and a GPS, opened a database and 60 Excel tables filled with algorithms, then printed a 150-page report on his high-tech mini-printer.

He turned to the herder and said “You have exactly 1,586 sheep here.” The herder answered “Say, you are right. Pick out a sheep.”

The young man took one of the animals and put it in the back of his vehicle. As he was preparing to drive away, the herder looked at him and asked “Now, if I guess your profession, will you pay me back in kind?”

The young man answered “Sure.”

The herder said immediately “You are a consultant.”

“Exactly! How did you know?” asked the young man.

“Very simple,” replied the herder. “First you came here without being invited. Secondly, you charged me a fee to tell me something I already knew. Thirdly, you do not understand anything about my business, and I’d really like to have my dog back.”

And this GIS joke from the National Library of Scotland

G-I-S State of Mind

Do you feel that you’re too serious about your GIS work?  Take a break and enjoy:

“G-I-S State of Mind” is a fun take set to the song “Empire State of Mind” originally by Jay-Z, Featuring Alicia Keys.  

Created by GIS folks from Austin, Texas in honor of GIS Day in 2010, the video features singing by globes (a la Jack from the fast food chain), one wearing a strand of pearls.  Sitting in front of computers displaying GIS software and plotters, the globes launch into lyrics that include the following:

Our maps will inspire you, Let’s hear it for G-I-Yeah
(C’mon, You’re welcome, Mercator)
G-I-Yeah, G-I-Yesss!

YouTube video

GIS What I Do For Work Meme

One of the popular memes floating around the social media circles was the “what I do versus what other people think I do” meme.  Eventually, someone made one for GIS.  Here’s the meme for GIS Analyst:



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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.