Dating a mechanical engineer
This is much more glamorous than the real life of an engineer, which consists of hiding from the universe and having sex without the participation of other life forms. A normal person will employ various indirect and duplicitous methods to create a false impression of attractiveness.Engineers are incapable of placing appearance above function. They are widely recognized as superior marriage material: intelligent, dependable, employed, honest, and handy around the house.
That's why it's a good idea to keep engineers away from customers, romantic interests, and other people who can't handle the truth. They say things that sound like lies but technically are not because nobody could be expected to believe them.
Anybody with a degree in electrical engineering or experience in computer programming is propped up in the lounge for a few days just to see if he or she snaps out of it. The risk/reward calculation for engineers looks something like this: RISK: Public humiliation and the death of thousands of innocent people.
REWARD: A certificate of appreciation in a handsome plastic frame.
If that approach is not sufficient to halt a project, then the engineer will fall back to a second line of defense: "It's technically possible but it will cost too much." Ego-wise, two things are important to engineers: The fastest way to get an engineer to solve a problem is to declare that the problem is unsolvable.
No engineer can walk away from an unsolvable problem until it's solved.
This sometimes causes engineers to be pronounced dead prematurely.