[Jokes] Maths Test

McKenna, Chris (RDS SW) chris.mckenna at DEFRA.GSI.GOV.UK
Wed Oct 26 14:57:31 BST 2005

>  -----Original Message-----
> An Irishman applies for a job, but the foreman won't employ him until he
> passes a little maths test.
> "Here's your first question, the foreman said "Without using numbers,
> represent the number 9."
> "Without numbers?" the Irishman says, "Dat is easy." and proceeds to draw
> three trees.
> "What's this?" the boss asks.
> "Haven't you got a brain? Tree and tree and tree makes nine," says the
> Irishman.
> "Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second question. Apply the same
> rules using the number 99, this time."
> The Irishman stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that
> he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Dere you go."
> The boss scratches his head and asks, "How on earth do you get that to
> represent 99?"
> "Each of da trees is dirty now. So, dat's dirty tree, and dirty tree, and
> dirty tree. Dat equals 99."
> The boss starts getting worried that he's actually going to have to give
> the Irishman the job, so he says,"All right, final question, same rules
> again, but represent the number 100."
> The Irishman stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture
> again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Dere you
> go. One hundred."
> The boss looks at the illustration and bursts out: "You must be nuts if
> you think that represents a hundred!" 
> Whereby the Irishman leans forward and points to the marks at the base of
> each tree, saying: "A little dog came along and crapped by each tree - so
> now you've got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty
> tree and a turd, dat makes one hundred. ... So, when do I be starting the
> job?!"
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