The beatings will continue

There is a little cloth banner on my manager's door, to greet you when you stop by.

The beatings will continue
until morale improves

Comments (6)

  1. yiseiluk says:

    Hm.. I’m thinking about putting this on my supervisor’s desk ;-p

  2. I got the sticker if you want it.

  3. Chance says:

    Saw this at one of our remote training sites.  Pure irony.

  4. And morale won’t improve until you get a "Certified by Chuck Norris" hat ("Certified since 1857" for those ex-History majors).

  5. Nemo says:

    I wanted the Certified Miyagi hat 🙁

  6. Alice says:

    I was familiar with this quote as a line from a KMFDM song, so I had been curious whether it also came from other sources. Answer via Wikipedia:


    The beatings will continue until morale improves

    The origin of the phrase is largely unknown, causing some to speculate that it is apocryphal. The most commonly cited story for the origin of the phrase come from the Japanese Imperial Navy during World War II. Supposedly, the phrase was first used by commander of the Japanese Submarine Force… not meant to be taken literally but instead was facetious. Another story relates to a case in Canada over a military officer fired for political reasons in which he uttered a similar quote.

    Modern usage:

    – The phrase is used commonly on t-shirts and bumper stickers. Both ThinkGeek and sell merchandise adorned with the famous quote. Cafe Press also sells items with said phrase.

    – The phrase has made appearances on ‘The Simpsons’ as well as ‘Life in Hell’, both projects of Matt Groening.

    – American rock band Murder By Death reference the epithet in a song entitled ‘Until Morale Improves, The Beatings Will Continue’… .

    – German industrial metal band KMFDM uses the line in their song ‘Free Your Hate’.

    – The American metalcore band Lamb Of God references the phrase in the song ‘Remorse is for the Dead’… .


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