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The power of engineering

Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 4:02 am
by Erik_Kowal
Three engineers and three accountants were travelling to a conference by train. At the station, each having paid for a ticket, the three accountants looked on as the three engineers bought just one between them.

"How are the three of you going to travel on only one ticket?" asked one of the accountants.

"Watch and you'll see," answered an engineer.

They all boarded the train. The accountants took their respective seats, and all three engineers crammed themselves into a lavatory and closed the door. Fairly soon after the train left the station, the conductor reached their carriage. He knocked on the lavatory door and said, "Ticket, please."

The door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand. The conductor took it and moved on.

The accountants saw this and agreed that it was quite a clever idea. Being accountants, they decided to save some money after the conference and copy the engineers. Accordingly, when they got to the station they bought a single ticket for the return journey; but to their surprise, the engineers did not buy one at all.

"How are you all going to travel without a ticket?" inquired a perplexed accountant.

"Watch and you'll see," answered an engineer.

When they boarded the train, the three accountants crammed into one lavatory, while the three engineers squeezed into another one nearby. The train departed. Shortly after, one of the engineers left his lavatory and walked across to the one in which the accountants were hiding. He knocked on the door: "Ticket, please."