If you think that such a thing could possibly never happen, congratulations on having never worked in a big corporation. Stick with that if you can!
When faced with this kind of pointless and harmful routine, one might suggest not doing it any more or replacing it with some other, more useful procedure. This does not succeed, of course, but that is not the point. The reasons you get back are the interesting thing, because they will tell you what kind of manager and coworkers you are dealing with. Here are some possible options, can you think of more?
The survivor fallacist
This is a multi-billion dollar company. If stabbing oneself in the leg was bad, as you seem to claim, we could not have succeeded.
The minimum energy spender
It would take too much work to get this changed. Just bite the bullet and do it every morning. You're better off this way.
The blame shifter
This is mandated by our head office, we can't do anything about this even if we wanted to.
The metric optimizer
Our next year's bonus metric will measure the number of leg stabbings reduced that year. We must get as many of them in this year as we possibly can.
We have always done this. We must always do it.
The cornered animal
How dare you! Do you have any idea how much work it is to get pre-rusted forks? They are all made of stainless steel nowadays. Your derogatory insinuations are a slap on the face of all people working to keep this system running!
This is a commonly accepted best practice in software companies, thus we should do it also.
This is actually a great invention. Getting a nice jolt of adrenaline first thing in the morning really wakes you up and gives you focus for the entire day. Try it for a month or two! You'll see.
The control freak messiah
This procedure was put in place by the founder/CEO. You do not challenge his choices if you know what is good for you.
The team spiritist
If you don't stab yourself in the leg, you are setting up a very bad example that demoralizes everybody else who do their part diligently.
And finally the (sadly) most common one
Our product is special.