engineer, a physicist, and a lawyer were being interviewed for a
position as chief executive officer of a large corporation. The engineer
was interviewed first, and was asked a long list of questions, ending
with, "How much is two plus two?'
The engineer excused
himself, and made a series of measurements and calculations before
returning to the board room and announcing, "Four".
The physicist was next interviewed, and was asked the same questions. Again, the last question was, "How much is two plus two?"
Before answering the last question, he excused himself, made for the
library, and did a great deal of research. After a consultation with the
United States Bureau of Standards and many calculations, he also
The lawyer was interviewed last, and again the final question was, "How much is two plus two?"
The lawyer drew all the shades in the room, looked outside to see if
anyone was there, checked the telephone for listening devices, and then
whispered, "How much do you want it to be?"