hotdensestate Posted June 11, 2010 Share Posted June 11, 2010 I'll start with one of my favorites. "A mathematician, an engineer, and a physicist are all given the task of removing two nails. One of them is completely nailed into the wall, and the other is stuck out almost all the way. The engineer pulls out the second nail and then hurts his fingers tugging on the first for thirty minutes before finally pulling it out. The physicist calculates for ten minutes, returns with a metal contraption, and removes the two nails with the exact minimum amount of force necessary to do so in each case. The mathematician ignores the nail sticking out, because it is less interesting, and works for hours on an elegant way to pull out the nail that's nailed in, and writes a paper about how doing so has furthered the entire field of carpentry's understanding of their job. After finally removing the nail, he looks distastefully at the one sticking out, says, 'This problem can be simplified into a previously solved case,' nails it in, and then leaves." LOL Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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