- A kind-hearted fellow was walking through Central Park in New York and was astonished to see an old man, fishing rod in hand, fishing over a beautiful bed of lilies.
- “Tch Tch!” said the passer-by to himself. “What a sad sight. That poor old man is fishing over a bed of flowers. I’ll see if I can help.”
- So the kind fellow walked up to the old man and asked, “What are you doing, my friend?”
- “Fishin’, sir.”
- “Fishin’, eh? Well how would you like to come have a drink with me?”
- The old man stood put his rod away and followed the kind stranger to the corner bar. He ordered a large glass of beer and a fine cigar.
- His host, the kind fellow, felt good about helping the old man, and he asked, “Tell me, old friend, how many did you catch this morning?”
- The old fellow took a long drag on the cigar, blew a careful smoke ring and replied, “You are the sixth today, sir!”
- Four college friends were so confident that the weekend before finals, they decided to go up to Dallas and party with some friends up there.
- They had a great time. However, after all the partying, they slept all day Sunday and didn’t make it back to Austin until early Monday morning.
- Rather than taking the final then, they decided to find their professor after the final and explain to him why they missed it.
- They explained that they had gone to Dallas for the weekend with the plan to come back and study but, unfortunately, they had a flat tire on the way back, didn’t have a spare, and couldn’t get help for a long time. As a result, they missed the final.
- The Professor thought it over and then agreed they could make up the final the following day. The guys were elated and relieved.
- They studied that night and went in the next day at the time the professor had told them. He placed them in separate rooms and handed each of them a test booklet, and told them to begin.
- They looked at the first problem, worth 5 points. It was something simple about free radical formation. “Cool,” they thought at the same time, each one in his separate room. “This is going to be easy.”
- Each finished the problem and then turned the page. On the second page was written:
- (For 95 points): Which tire?