The winner by a mile was this one:

Three lawyers and three engineers are traveling by train to a conference. At the station, the three lawyers each buy tickets and watch as the three engineers buy only a single ticket.

“How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?” asks a lawyer.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.

They all board the train. The lawyers take their respective seats but all three engineers cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. Shortly after the train has departed, the conductor comes around collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says, “Ticket, please.” The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on.

The lawyers see this and agree that it is quite a clever idea so, after the conference, they decide to copy the engineers on the return trip and save some money.

When they get to the station, they buy a single ticket for the return trip. To their astonishment, the engineers don’t buy a ticket at all.

“How are you going to travel without a ticket?” says one perplexed lawyer.

“Watch and you’ll see,” answers an engineer.

When they board the train the three lawyers cram into a restroom and the three engineers cram into another one nearby.

The train departs.

Shortly afterward, one of the engineers leaves his restroom and walks over to the restroom where the lawyers are hiding. He knocks on the door and says, “Ticket, please.”

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5 Responses to “So last night UD read Mr UD all of these intellectual…”

  1. MattF Says:

    The two mathematical jokes (about Mandelbrot and Banach-Tarski) are very good.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    MattF: Well, very good if and only if you … get it. Mr UD attempted to explain them.

  3. MattF Says:

    Yeah. For Banach-Tarski, in particular– it’s hard to compose a serious narrative explanation that doesn’t start out with “Once upon a time, there was a person named Aristotle…”

  4. david foster Says:

    From the link…”A boy was feeling very nervous about his first date, and so went to his father for advice.
    “My son, there are three subjects that always work with women: food, family, and philosophy.”
    The boy picks up his date and they stare at each other for a long time. The boy’s nervousness builds, but he then remembers his father’s advice and asks the girl,
    “Do you like potato pancakes?”
    “No,” comes the answer, and the silence returns like a suffocating blanket.
    “Do you have a brother?”
    After giving it some thought, the boy plays his last card: “If you had a brother, would he like potato pancakes?””

    Apparently there are both colleges and companies that have interview questions like the latter one…

  5. JND Says:

    Let’s hear it for us engineers!

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