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11.17.08

Helluva engineer

Filed under: Diff'rent strokes, Lower-division jokes — Travis @

Mathematicians tend to kid engineers mercilessly. Here is a joke in which they shine. It will be the only time ths happens in this blog.

An engineer dies and reports to the Pearly Gates at Heaven. Saint Peter checks his dossier and says, “Ah, you’re an engineer… you’re in the wrong place.” So the engineer instead reports to the Infernal Gates of Hell and is let in.

Pretty soon, the engineer finds he’s dissatisfied with the level of comfort in Hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, Hell has got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls the Devil up on the telephone and, in the spirit of a good-natured jibe, askes “So, how’s it going down there?”

The Devil smirks. “Things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next.”

“What?” asks God with a start. “How’d you get an engineer? That’s a mistake: he should never have gotten down there. Send him up here.”

“No way,” sneers the Devil. “I like having an engineer on the staff. I think I’m gonna keep him.”

“Send him back up here,” roars God and, with all his righteous rage, adds “or I’ll sue!”

“Oh really?” asks the Devil coyly. “And just where are you going to get a lawyer?”

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