The Engineer and Programmer


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A programmer and an engineer are sitting next to each other on a long
flight from LA to NY. The Programmer leans over to the
Engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The Engineer just
wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the
window to catch a few winks. The Programmer persists and explains that
the game is really 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.' Again, the
Engineer politely declines and tries to get some sleep. The
Programmer, 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 will
pay you $50!' This catches the Engineer's complete attention, and he sees
no end to this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the
game. The Programmer asks the first question. 'What's the distance from
the earth to the moon?' The Engineer doesn't say a word,
reaches in to his wallet, pulls out a five-dollar bill and hands it to
the Programmer. Now, it's the Engineer's turn. He asks the
Programmer: 'What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with
four?' The Programmer looks at him with a puzzled look. He
takes out his laptop computer and searches all his references. He taps
into the Airphone with his modem and searches the Net and the
Library of Congress.Frustrated, he sends E-mails to all his co-workers
and friends he knows. All to no avail. After over an hour, he
wakes the Engineer and hands him $50. The Engineer politely takes the
$50 and turns away to get back to sleep. The Programmer,
more than a little miffed, shakes the Engineer and asks, 'Well, so what
IS the answer?' Without a word, the Engineer reaches into his
wallet, hands the Programmer $5 and goes back to sleep.





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