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The Rabbit Joke

24 Dec

‘Tis the season to be jolly.  In spite of that, we decided we’d post this joke.  It’s not our joke – the comedian Pete Barbutti told it on the Carson show years ago.  It happens to be our friend Eddie’s favorite joke and he appears in the accompanying video.  We’ve been sitting on this video for over a year – we weren’t sure whether we should visit this joke on the world.  Then we realized that we haven’t posted anything in awhile, so we thought we’d post it at long last.  Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

 

 

Takin’ names

3 Oct

government shut downOK, now that they’ve done the boneheaded thing and shut down the government, remember the names of the ones that did it.  These jokers need to be voted out of office pronto.

Pushy software

30 Sep

Dear Developer,

If I install your application, don’t ask me if I also want to install Zippy toolbar and make Zippy.com my default Web page.  I don’t.  No.  Not ever.

Sincerely,

the end user

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Brain Teasers at Job Inteviews

20 Sep

The economy still isn’t robust, so companies are thinking of new ways to torture hapless job applicants.  Often they’ll use some kind of brain teaser which is supposed to gauge your ability to think. This is pure nonsense of course, but they do it anyway ’cause 1.) They’re sadistic and 2.) Some of ’em are dumb enough to think that this proves anything.

In my humble opinion, it’d make more sense to measure the candidate’s work ethic, honesty, and dependability, but that’s not what they do.  Here’s one that they might throw at you, so be prepared. It’s not too difficult, unless you’re dealing  with the added stress of a job interview.

You are in a room that has a light switch panel with 3 switches, only one of which turns on a light (the other two don’t do anything.)  The light in question is in the room next door, and it is at a height where you are able to touch it. You can remain in the room with the light switches as long as you like, but once you go into the room with the light, you cannot return to the room where the switches are.  You have to determine which switch turns on the light. How do you do this?

Now, you’ve probably already surmised that this problem would be a lot simpler if you had only two switches to consider.  You’re right! Try to think about this for a bit before reading on (unless you’re really impatient, like me.)

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Answer: Let’s number the switches 1, 2, 3.

  • Turn on Switch 1.
  • Wait a few minutes (5 minutes would probably be more than adequate.)
  • Turn off Switch 1.
  • Turn on Switch 2.
  • Enter the room where the light is.
  • If the light is on, Switch 2 is the wired switch.  If the light is off, but the bulb is warm, Switch 1 is the wired switch.  If the light is off, and the bulb is cool, then Switch 3 is the wired switch.

Another solution would be to remove the switch plate with a screwdriver and examine the wiring, but that isn’t the answer they’re going for.

One more thing: if they do throw this one at you, a little acting will go a long way.  Before you answer, hesitate and act like what they’ve asked you is the hardest problem you’ve ever encountered.