BRIGHT SPARK

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A CHEMIST, a bi­ol­o­gist, and an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer were on death row wait­ing for the elec­tric chair. The chemist was brought for­ward first.

“Do you have any­thing you want to say?” asked the ex­e­cu­tioner, strap­ping him in.

“No,” replied the chemist. The ex­e­cu­tioner flicked the switch, and noth­ing hap­pened.

Un­der state law, if an ex­e­cu­tion at­tempt failed, the pris­oner had to be re­leased, so the chemist was set free. Then the bi­ol­o­gist was brought for­ward. “Do you have any­thing you want to say?” “No, just get on with it.” The ex­e­cu­tioner flicked the switch, and again noth­ing hap­pened, so the bi­ol­o­gist was re­leased.

Then it was the elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer’s turn to be brought for­ward.

“Do you have any­thing you want to say?” asked the ex­e­cu­tioner.

“Yes,” replied the en­gi­neer. “If you swap the red and the blue wires over, you might make this thing work.”

C Sparks, email

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