We just installed a new program at work, and part of the program gives our vendors the opportunity to send invoices via e-mail. The box we set up had an autoreply of the type that I'm sure you're aware of. "Thanks for your e-mail. Someone will get back to you in 3-5 business days" or something like that.
The only problem is that the mailbox from which one of the vendors sent the e-mail has such an autoreply as well. So now the boxes are autoreplying to each other about 45 times an hour. "Thank you for your e-mail." "No, no, thank you for your e-mail." "No, I insist. Thank you for your e-mail." And so on.
It was finally straightened out yesterday. I have no idea how many extraneous e-mails ended up being sent. But it was just one of those things that makes you thankful for a television show like "The Office" or "Better Off Ted." Because you can come home from a day like that and think, "See, I'm not alone. Lots of people work in a constant barrage of absurd suggestions and lunatic execution."
It's only a matter of time before our office has an octochicken.