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Clever convicts

An en­gi­neer, physi­cist, and math­e­ma­ti­cian have been im­pris­oned.

At some point, the war­den re­alises that the three men haven’t been fed in a while. He ac­com­pa­nies an of­fi­cer to check up on them. The war­den and of­fi­cer ar­rive at the first cell that con­tained the en­gi­neer. To their as­ton­ish­ment, the cell is empty and the wall has a hole in it.

“How is that pos­si­ble?” says the of­fi­cer. “That wall is solid con­crete!”

The war­den qui­etly in­spects the cell. Af­ter a few min­utes, he ex­its and says: “He seems to have built a pick out of the eat­ing uten­sils we gave him and used it to make the hole.”

The war­den and of­fi­cer con­tinue to the next cell that con­tained the physi­cist. How­ever, he too is gone and once again there is a hole in the wall. And of course, the war­den in­spects the cell and re­turns af­ter a few min­utes.

The war­den de­clares: “Ac­cord­ing to the pa­pers on his bed, he very care­fully cal­cu­lated the weak­est point on the wall and re­peat­edly kicked it un­til it gave way.”

Fi­nally, they ar­rive at the last cell that con­tained the math­e­ma­ti­cian. Un­for­tu­nately, he lay on the cell floor, dead from star­va­tion. The of­fi­cer sighed. “Af­ter the other two, I would have ex­pected he would have also es­caped. He also has some pa­pers on his bed.”

The war­den en­ters the cell and picks up the pa­pers. Then he shakes his head and chuck­les.

“It ap­pears,” he says, “that he spent sev­eral days writ­ing a very de­tailed proof that it was pos­si­ble to break the wall.”

In short

I had a job sell­ing se­cu­rity alarms door to door and I was re­ally good at it.

If no one was home, I would just leave a brochure on the kitchen ta­ble. _________________________________ To­day I gave my seat on the bus to a blind lady.

That’s how I lost my job as a bus driver.

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