I was working in a lab testing a new version of my employers software. I was asked to set up an additional 2 machines for different configurations. After aquiring the machines I had noticed one was missing a NIC.
I fired an email off to my lab manager stating that I needed them to bring me up a network card that used drivers our network installer included.
A few minutes later she returns with a box of baords. As I pulled one out to see the brand I chuckled to myself and said "I need a NIC. This is a box of 56k modems."
Her reply had me rolling on the floor....
"Just break off the tab (meaning the RJ-45 connector on the cat-5 cable) it will work."
Mind you I am a contractor and this person is full-time.