NOT SO SMART
THERE were four people aboard a plane that was about to crash, but only three parachutes. Everyone wondered what should be done to determine who would get the parachutes.
One person said that he was the smartest person in the world, much too smart to die, so he grabbed one of the parachutes and jumped out of the plane.
The second person said that she was too important to die, as she had a family who depended on her. So she took one of the parachutes and jumped out of the plane.
Then there was only one parachute left, and two people. One was a 12-year-old boy, and the other was a 75-year-old man.
The old man said: “Well son, I have lived a good life, and you are too young to die; you have a long life ahead of you. So you take the last parachute.”
The boy replied: “But sir, there are two parachutes left.” “Really? How?” the old man asked. “Well,” replied the boy, “you know that guy who thought he was the smartest person in the world? Before he jumped out, he grabbed my backpack.” Stu Piddity, email