Holy cow, I wrote a book!
One of our line-of-business applications sometimes gets very heavily loaded,
and several times a day, when you try to
issue a query or update a record,
you'll get the error message,
"Unable to contact middle tier. (other technical gibberish goes here)".
Whenever this happens, I like to amuse myself by shouting
"Stupid middle tier! We should just get rid of it.
It's always unresponsive."
Of course, this is a joke along the lines of
changing that 15 to a 1.
The system follows the standard
Getting rid of the middle tier won't actually fix anything.
But if the error message keeps blaming the middle tier,
then to a naive user
(or in this case, a willfully stupid one),
getting rid of the problematic component might not sound like that bad