Construction Worker and Engineer
An Engineer and a Construction Worker are sitting next to each other on a long flight across the country.
The Engineer leans over to the Construction Worker and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The Construction Worker just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.
The Engineer persists and states that the game is real easy and a lot of fun. He explains “I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $5.”
Again, the Construction Worker politely declines and tries to get to sleep.
The Engineer, now somewhat agitated, says, “OK, if you don’t know the answer you pay me $5, and if I don’t know the answer, I’ll pay you $50!” This catches the Construction Worker’s attention, and he sees no end to this idiotic torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game.
The Engineer asks the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The Construction Worker doesn’t say a word, but reaches into his wallet, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the Engineer.
Now, it’s the Construction Worker’s turn. He asks the Engineer “What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?”
The Engineer looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He taps into the Airphone with his modem and searches the net and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends an e-mail to his co-workers — all to no avail.
After about an hour, he wakes the Construction Worker and hands him $50. The Construction Worker politely takes the $50 and turns away to try to get back to sleep.
The Engineer, more than a little miffed, shakes the Construction Worker and asks, “Well, so what’s the answer?”
Without a word, the Construction Worker reaches into his wallet, hands the Engineer $5, and turns away to get back to sleep.