Sunday, 17 December 2006


ben trovato writes:

I've just remembered this one:-

A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realises he is lost. He reduces height and spots a woman down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, "Excuse me. Can you help me? I promised my friend I would meet him half an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The woman below says, "Yes. You are in a hot air balloon, hovering approximately 30 feet above this field. You are between 40 and 42 degrees N. latitude, and between 58 and 60 degrees W. longitude."

"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist. "I am," replies the woman. "How did you know?"

"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost."

The woman below says, "You must be a manager." "I am," replies the balloonist, "but how did you know?" "Well," says the woman below, "you have risen to your present position with the help of a lot of hot air. You don't know where you are, or where you are going. You have made a promise which you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now it is somehow my fault."


Merkin said...

Anyone here ever read 'The Peter Principle'?.

ben trovato said...

Or, to go further back, 'Parkinson's Law'?[C. Northcote P, not Michael, stupid!]

scooter said...

Good one.

A stripped down version of this one was in the November Reader's Digest - Also The British Journal of Healthcare Computing & Information Management (May 2006) used a variant.

I'll add a modification of it to my portfolio of consultant jokes.