Wednesday, August 10, 2005



There follows some humor, but it really is amazing how little we know sometimes about what other people actually do for a living. There are stereotypes and prejudices about occupations, just as there are about gender, ethnicity, cultures and so forth. How do you get the scoop? There is nothing that replaces being curious. It's also one of the keys to resilience and aging with grace. When you meet someone, don't lock-in to your preconceived notions. Ask some questions. You might be surprised at what you find out.

a.. A statistician is someone who is good with numbers, but lacks the personality to be an accountant.

b.. An actuary is someone who brings a fake bomb on a plane because that decreases the chances that there will be another bomb on the plane.

c.. A programmer is someone who solves a problem you didn't know you had in a way you don't understand.

d.. A mathematician is a blind man in a dark room looking for a black cat which isn't there.

e.. A topologist is a person who doesn't know the difference between a coffee cup and a doughnut.

f.. A lawyer is a person who writes a 10,000-word document and calls it a "brief."

g.. A psychologist is man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.

h.. A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

i.. A schoolteacher is a disillusioned person who used to think they liked children.

j.. A consultant is someone who takes the watch off your wrist and tells you the time.

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