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Inhumane Labor
Will Fagan
“I am standing with Mike O’Connell, 54, of O’Connell Industries. What began as a small family-run farm grew into a massive agricultural industry that includes dairies, slaughterhouses, and equipment manufacturing. Thank you for meeting with me, Mr. O’Connell.”
“No problem, Miss.”
“Now, I must admit, the speed at which your company developed is shocking. You started O’Connell Industries two years ago, and today you make an estimated five-hundred million dollars a year. What is the secret to your success in so short a time?”
“It was pretty hard for most of my life, farming these here fields. For generations my father and grandfather toiled this land, working themselves to exhaustion to make a profit. Sometimes we barely broke even. It took me a lot of work to reach where I am today. I like to think it was the standard American ideal of blood, sweat, and tears. Of course, tapping into the animal labor force certainly helped as well.”
“I beg your pardon, animal labor force?”
“Correct. You see, I began to wonder if it were possible to train the cows in the dairy barn to operate their automatic milkers by themselves. By doing so, I had more time to attend to matters elsewhere on the farm. You see, a cow is smarter than most people think: if you calmly explain a task to them, they are able to grasp concepts quite quickly.”
“So, you taught the animals to milk themselves?”
“That’s right. Of course, I soon had them doing other tasks as well. The hardest part was teaching them to drive.”
“Drive?”
“Yes, I soon determined that female cows had difficulty operating the steering wheel and pedals, as their udders tended to get in their way. Now, though, we have cows operating most vehicles around the farm. See that biplane up there?”
“The one buzzing over us?”
“Yep, that’s old Smokey, my prize Shorthorn bull. He’s in charge of dusting the crops. He’s a good, honest worker, very diligent, never misses a spot.”
“Does fly well?”
“Oh, yes, loads better than the last bull I had in the cockpit. He crashed shortly after takeoff. Damn shame. Some don’t take to flying as well as others.”
“So, is it just cows who work for you?”
“Oh, no, we’ve managed to get most of the barnyard to chip in. The sheep tend to the crops. They ain’t that smart, so we give them simple tasks. The goats run the equipment manufacturing. They’re best suited for assembly line work.”
“Why?”
“Smaller hooves, easier for them to grasp tools.”
“I didn’t think it was possible for a goat or cow to grab anything with hooves.”
“See, that’s the common misconception among most people. They see an animal as mere chattel, livestock, but they can work, too, and work damn better than any human I’ve ever met.”
“How so?”
“Well, they don’t take holidays. Don’t grasp the concept of religion, so Christmas and Easter are right off. They also don’t take payment.”
“Have they ever asked for payment?”
“Of course not. Animals can’t talk.”
“But apparently they can fly aircraft.”
“Don’t get smart-alecky.”
“Apologies. One final question, if farm animals are in charge of running most of your properties, then who is in charge of the, ahem, slaughterhouses?”
“The chickens?”
“Why the chickens?”
“I don’t know. I think they’re just sociopaths. I’ve watched them at work, and they seem to take real pleasure in what they do.”
“You are a ridiculous person.”
“How can you tell?”
Inhumane Labor
A funny little dialogue I developed during a road trip through Indiana. Lotta farms in Indiana. Not a lotta much else.
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Idle Hands
I don't know what this is. It could be a horror novel, it could be a fairy tail.
The employee of a strange little bookshop discovers a book that shows him the consequences of what could have been had he followed his dreams. As he struggles to regain his ambition, he discovers the shop's terrible secret.
You may note that the character has my name. I sort of wrote it as an analysis of my fears and anxieties about the future. I wanted to see what would happen if, in the future, I were to look back at the choices I'd made and consider whether I was happy with the path I'd chosen. I also wondered what would happen if I were to not choose, if I were to effectively ignore the choices and live an uneventful life without any indecision or plot progression, so to speak. Would a life suspended be a life worth living?
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New story! I'm not entirely pleased with it. If you want, leave a critique. What worked? What didn't work? What could I do to improve my work? I'm genuinely interested.
Art Studio Project by wafagan14
Art Studio Project
Photograph of the model to my second year architecture project, a design for an art studio pavilion on my campus.
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Will Fagan
Artist | Student | Design & Interfaces
United States
I'm from North Jersey, studying architecture in Southwest Ohio. Occasionally I try writing, art and photography.

Personal Quote: "There is nothing more uncommon than common sense"--Frank Lloyd Wright
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Another story, a funny (if perhaps sacrilegious) story called Temptation, starring Eran the Demon and Jesus Christ! It's got swear words in it.
  • Mood: Questionable
  • Listening to: Bombay Bicycle Club "Luna"
  • Reading: The Fountainhead
  • Watching: Amelie
  • Playing: Space Station 13
  • Eating: Stir fry
  • Drinking: Vernor's Ginger Soda

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bittybitt39 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student General Artist
well hey there Will :wave:
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ARMANDO-R Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
Thank you very much for the fave :) much appreciated
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Joe-Roberts Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:) Thanks for the F:+fav:ve
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JDWRudy25 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Professional Filmographer
thanks for the fav
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wafagan14 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Interface Designer
500 views!
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