The McDonald’s version
My friend Brad recently got his Master’s Degree in mathematics from the MIT. Unfortunately, he’s having some trouble finding a job (it’s tough to get a math job these days). He’s already spent two months looking for a job. He’s running low on rent money so he decided to work in the Central Square McDonald’s on weekends and look for a job during the week.
After Brad handed in an employment application, the manager told that he wasn’t qualified.
“Not qualified? I’ve got a Master’s degree in Mathematics from MIT!” he said.
The McDonald’s manager shrugged. “All of our mathematicians have PhDs.”
The zoo version
A mathematics student had just finished his Ph.D. in Princeton, and he was looking for jobs. After a year with no success, he finally landed a job with the zoo as a zookeeper. One day, the bear in the zoo died. The zoo was facing the same financial crisis as the universities, and so they could not afford to buy another bear. So they asked the student to dress up in a bear costume and pretend that he was a bear. The salary they offered was definitely an increase, and so he took this job. He was put into a cage, and with time he became very good at imitating a bear.
However, he had one worry. The bars between his cage and the next cage were loose. And in the next cage was a very ferocious looking lion. One day, his worst fears were realized, and the bar broke loose. The lion jumped through the bars, and ran up to the student. Extending his paw, the lion exclaimed, “Hi, I’m Phil, a physics major from Stanford.”