Ever-Monday Research Facility

Monday already? I swear, it feels like it was just yesterday...  
— Subject E5-24601
Killing someone is easy, but killing an idea takes a lot more effort and disregard for human rights. The Ever-Monday Research Facility used to be a mid-tier corporate structure, where workers went about their daily lives as another cog in the corporate machine. It has now become the primary site of R&D for the Taskforce Monday in their quest to contain Mondays.   It isn't Mondays themselves that are the problem, but the idea of just how miserable they are have become a memetic infohazard, leading to billions lost every year in lost productivity and general complaining. To try and figure out the best way to fight against the Monday mood, the Taskforce has created a self-contained office in which it is always Monday so they can study its effect and attempt various harebrained schemes to fix it.   No one really volunteers for what is basically Hell, so the Taskforce have turned to unorthodox means of procuring test subjects.  

Basically Hell

— Scrawled in blood on a whiteboard
Although the Ever-Monday Research Facility retains much of its trapping as an office, with endless rows of cubicles, unpleasant lighting, 'motivational' posters, and so on, it is a simulated groundhog day of Mondays. Subjects are put through a combination of drugs and brainwashing so they'll keep thinking that every day is another Monday, while researchers watch and perform experiments.  
by The Matrix

About 10% of the workers are plants, Taskforce Members sent in to aid in those experiments and observe the herd up close.   When necessary, they also remove anyone who's broken through the programming and realized that something is going on.
  Subjects are categorized by a stability index with complicated names, but more informally named after the days of the week. Fridays are the most sane subjects, while those approaching Mondays are probably a danger to everyone around them.

Taskforce Monday

Everyone hates Mondays, but there's only one Taskforce trying their best to kill it. Sponsored by several Megacorps fed up with the profits and productivity lost on Mondays, the Taskforce Monday is a infohazard fighting force who's bringing the fight to Mondays.   They run the Ever-Monday Facility, and that should be your first hint that they're not really the good guys after all.  
Taskforce Monday Containment Specialist
Rank/Title | Aug 2, 2020

We all know Mondays suck, and the Corps finally doing something about it. I wouldn't get my hopes up, though.


Experiment Log

There's science to be done, if one is to defeat Monday.  

Test 17-A: Java Experiment

Excessive amounts of Java is sufficent to defeat the Monday Mood for a time, but soon lead to Javamania and the experiment was cancelled after three subjects were killed and eaten.  

Test 84-C: Sewer-Gator Motivator

What if subjects felt a terror greater than their fear of Mondays? Cancelled after the Sewer-Gator used in the test escaped and, again, ate three subjects.

Cover image: by Upside Down (2012)


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12 Jul, 2020 10:32

OMG I laughed out loud reading this!

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, it is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes becomes a warning; it is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion.
12 Jul, 2020 20:23

Success! That was definitely the goal! :D   Thank you so much for reading and commenting :D

12 Jul, 2020 10:41

Loving the links! I don't drink coffee while reading your articles any more I feel my laptop can't take any more coffee spurted over it!!

13 Jul, 2020 13:25

Ahaha, I'm sorry <3 But I am also so happy that you are enjoying them that much :D

12 Jul, 2020 10:41

Another fantastic article Q :D   The combination of comedy and horror make for a really entertaining article.   Also, have they yet tried combining Java AND Sewer-Gators, I mean its just basic math that two negatives combined make a positive result, right?

Author of Cenorad ; a bleak-dark sandbox of creativity.
13 Jul, 2020 13:30

Not yet, but they're listening, taking notes and nodding thoughtfully as you mention it.. :D   Thank you very much :D Megacorpolis is a fun comedy-horror thing that kinda happened by accident

12 Jul, 2020 10:41

They're coming to get us, Q. Here's the keys for the sewers hatch. Gators might get us, but is it a worse end than this?

13 Jul, 2020 13:27

If I had to pic between the maw of a gator and the endless parade of monday meetings, it'd honestly be a tough choice :D

12 Jul, 2020 11:09

I already have their next experiment lined up: unleashing that ever-awake/incessantly chipper Morning Person on the unsuspecting Monday subjects. Nothing could go wrong there, with a constant drip of joyously unaffected by days of the week perky cubicle monkeys to counter the Mondays. Terrific read to start a ...Sunday :D

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13 Jul, 2020 13:32

I really biffed it with the day of release, but maybe that'll just heighten everyone's terror of tomorrow!   And they're taking notes; mwhahahahaha :D Thank you so much for reading and commenting

12 Jul, 2020 11:53

Q, I opened this excited for another Megacorpolis... I was not prepared!   I was laughing out loud before I made it even *halfway* through the article. To be fair, I got to this:  

  And said out loud, "Aww does someone need a flamethrower for a case of the Mondays?"   THEN I saw the Experiment Log and started crying from laughing so hard.   That last quote? Perfect. Just perfect.   I have to ask, has the Taskforce thought of sending in a "Cheer Squad" of Raptors?

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13 Jul, 2020 13:35

They're thinking about it now, since you mentioned it! :D   And of course, flamethrowers is just a great fallback solution. If everything is on fire, all problems are solved (except the fire)   Thank you so much for reading and commenting <3 :D

12 Jul, 2020 14:53

The world you're building here is horrifyingly funny. I'd never want to visit it, but I love reading about it.

13 Jul, 2020 13:29

Don't look now, but it might be where we're heading.. Haha   Thank you so much for reading and commenting :D

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Wendy Vlemings (Rynn19)
12 Jul, 2020 17:41

Okay. I love it all, but the last quote is by far the best part of the article! I literally laughed out loud.

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13 Jul, 2020 13:28

Ahaha, when Monday breaks the 4th wall :D   Thank you so much for reading and commenting <3

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Caitlin Phillips
12 Jul, 2020 19:46

This gave me such a good laugh, thank you for writing this! It's taken the edge off my pre-Monday worries!

Cait x
13 Jul, 2020 13:28

Huzzah! That's good! Especially now that that Monday is here :)

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Caitlin Phillips
13 Jul, 2020 18:00

I successfully survived Monday without having to report for containment! :D

Cait x
13 Jul, 2020 18:28

Success! Time to write, then? :D

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Garrett Lewis
12 Jul, 2020 22:22


14 Jul, 2020 08:21

This is great, I love the little disclaimer at the end (though I know it was partly true). Do you feel better about this article now?   I love the experiment list at the side. RIP test subjects.

16 Jul, 2020 08:33

I'll probably revisit it after Summer Camp, but I'm pretty happy because people seem to like it. :D We are sufficently removed from Monday, haha!   Thank you so much for reading and commenting <3 Your support really helps keep the forge lit

20 Apr, 2021 11:59

I'm so glad that today is Tuesday and I didn't read this yesterday :P

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20 Apr, 2021 12:15

Awh but it would have been the perfect one for it! :D

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
17 May, 2021 18:59

Yes! Mondays need to be eliminated! How lucky that the Megacorps are there to help us :D   Though I'm not sure why they haven't come to the obvious conclusion that the only thing differentiating Mondays from other days is the weekend and that they just have to get rid of weekends to solve the problem... But do the employee even have a weekend anymore?   I'm also not sure if what you're hitting at with the experiments is that they are basically drugging the employee to make them lose track of days and then tells them that every day is a Monday? A short clarification there would be great.   Anyway, great and funny article again :D

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25 May, 2021 10:35

Lucky us! Corporations, always here to help :D   And yes - that's exactly is. Gotta keep them thinking its monday so SCIENCE can happen! :D   Thank you <3