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April 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Prose

I recently received a story from my Grandson – he works at one of Britain’s most famous Universities, which perhaps sheds light on what some students are studying. This is in fact one of the many E mail jokes, which appear to escape from Universities.

A man in a hot air baloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He descended more and shouted, “Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I dont know where I am.”

The woman below replied, “You are in a hot air baloon hovering 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude.”

“You must be a programmer or IT specialist.” said the balloonist.

“I am” replied the woman “How did you know?”

“Well” answered the baloonist, “Everything you have told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I am still lost. Frankly you’ve not been much help so far!”

The woman below responded,” You must be in management”

“I am.” replied the baloonist,”But how did you know?”

“Well” said the woman, “You don’t know where you are or where you are going, you have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you have no idea how to keep and you expect people below you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault!”

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