Last updated: 22 November 2000

Trading Places

Subject:	 [Fwd: Trading Places]
Sent:	Tuesday, November 21, 2000 10:49:49
From:	stantstk@pacbell.net (Stan Glaser)
Don't know if you've heard this one, but I just had to send it
-- post it on your website if you want to -- doesn't matter to me.   ;-)

Stan Glaser

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Subject: Trading Places

An astronomer on an extended lecture tour became weary of delivering the
same lecture night after night. He confided this state of mind to his
chauffeur as they were driving to their next destination. The chauffeur
expressed a similar boredom in his line of work.

"I've got it!" said the astronomer. "You are bored with driving and I am
weary of lecturing. Let's exchange places for one night. It will be a
refreshing change for both of us. My lecture is all written out word for
word and nobody in the next town knows me by sight anyway." The driver
agreed and the exchange of roles and dress was made. That night the
lecture hall filled to capacity. At the appointed time those in
attendance heard a flawlessly delivered lecture. At its conclusion the
lecturer basked in the euphoric applause. Then came the question and
answer period.

"Who discovered Uranus?" came from a boy in the front.

"Uh...William Herschel." He remembered that from somewhere.

"And who discovered Pluto?" continued the boy.

"Aaaa...that would be Clyde Tombaugh." He had read a little.

Then from the back: "Would you please comment on the relative merits of
the pulsation instability model and the accretion disk instability model
for the explanation of outbursts of cataclysmic variable stars?"

The speaker paused for a moment, then said, "I am surprised that you
would bother to ask me such a simple question. To show you how really
simple it is I shall have my chauffeur answer it for you."

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