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Wednesday, November 30

The secret

A stock analyst and a Wall Street broker went to the races. The broker suggested betting $10,000 on a horse. The analyst was sceptical, saying that he wanted first to understand the rules, to look on horses, etc. The broker whispered that he knew a secret algorithm for the success, but he could not convince the analyst. "You are too theoretical," he said at last, and dropped all his money on a horse. Sure enough, that horse came first, bringing him a fair bit of money. Triumphantly, he exclaimed: "I told you, I know the secret!"

"What is your secret?" the analyst asked, intrigued despite himself.

"It is rather easy. I have two kids, three and five years old. I sum up their ages and I bet on number nine."

"But, three and five is eight," the analyst protested.

"I told you, you are too theoretical!" the broker replied, "Haven't I just shown experimentally that my calculation is correct?"

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