An engineer, a physicist, and a lawyer were being interviewed
for a position as chief executive officer of a large
The engineer was interviewed first, and was asked a long
list of questions, ending with "How much is two plus
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. Before answering the last question, he excused
himself, made for the library, and did a great deal of
After a consultation with the United States Bureau
of Standards and many calculations, he also announced "Four."
The lawyer was interviewed last, and was asked the same
questions. At the end of his interview, before answering
the last question, he drew all the shades in the room,
looked outside the door to see if anyone was there, checked
the telephone for listening devices, and asked "How
much do you want it to be?"