Two co-workers in this IT department are locked in not-quite-mortal combat over one of the highest-stakes elements of their professional lives, reports a pilot fish on the scene: the office temperature.

"One was a petite lady in QA named Betty, who was constantly cold," fish says. "She wore a shawl and turned the thermostat up.

"The other was Fred, a big, burly programmer who -- despite wearing short sleeves -- was always hot. He sweated profusely and turned the thermostat down.

"Every day, they'd set the thermostat up, then down. Up and down.

"The rest of us were either slightly bemused or annoyed by the ongoing feud. We'd try to intercede and find a reasonable compromise. Over time, though, the two thermostat warriors became increasingly hostile towards each other. We went from bemused to concerned.

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