A man in a hot air balloon is lost. He drops down and sees a guy on the ground. He calls him and says: “I have promised my friends to be with them within an hour, and I have no idea where I am”. The guy on the ground says: “You are between 51 and 52 degrees north and between 5 and 6 degrees west”. “You are a software engineer.” the man in the balloon says. “Correct how do you know?”, the guy on the ground asks. “Well,” says the man in the balloon, “you are giving me a technical correct answer, but I have no idea what to do with the information, and you did not much help me. Frankly I still have no idea where I am, and you have just wasted my time!”. “Sure” the man on the ground says, “But you sir, for surely are a manager!”. “Ah, yes” the man in the balloon replies, “but how do you know?”. “Well, a big lot of hot air brought you here, you have made a promise you cannot keep, you expect the people below you to solve your problems. You are in the same situation as five minutes ago, but suddenly it is my fault.”
The technically correct answer to, “Do you know where I am?” is of course, “Yes.” The politician's answer is, “In your balloon's gondola.”
posted 2 years ago
Actually, the chap on the ground was being helpful; recognising the balloonist as an English speaker, he knew that all placenames are unpronouceable to those not familiar with that particular area, so lat and long was the best he could do.
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