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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swimming along this barricade, the duck worked iteself into a mini-frenzy
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This barricade was erected to prevent leaf litter moving from one section of the ponds in Regent's Park (london) to another. Extending only about a foot above the waterline the barricade (which stretched across the width of this stream section) prevented the water-birds from paddling past it. However the birds could still see through it and would paddle back-and-forth, growing increasingly agitated that they couldn't get to the other side.
Submitted: Friday, 27th March, 2009 11:32 (GMT)
Taken: Thursday, 27th September, 2007
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