Failures of Design

Challenge #6 in the Jaysen dog-foods challenges series. Hosted by Jaysen Marais.
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Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, man-made creations either don't do what they're supposed to or conflict with other objects and/or their environments in such ways that we can't help but shake our heads. I'm specifically looking for examples of counter-productive human creations here, no poking fun at the natural world itself. Bear in mind that some designs are elegant yet unintuitive, so be careful when pointing the finger.
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How inconvenient to get the water in case of fire
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Submitted: Saturday, 4th April, 2009 00:06 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 7th February, 2008
Focal length: 24 mm
Shutter speed: 1/125 sec
Aperture: F5
ISO: 400
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