An engineer, a mathematician, and a physicist were standing around the university flagpole when an English professor wandered by.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“We need to know the height of the flagpole,” one of the trio said, “and we’re discussing the formulas we might use to calculate it.”
“Watch!” said the English professor.
She pulled the pole from its fitting, lay it on the lawn, found a tape measure in her handbag, measured the pole and said, “It’s exactly 8 metres.” Then she replaced the pole and walked away.
“English professor!” sneered the mathematician, “We ask her for the height, and she gives us the length.”
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A French guide was chatting with her American client and was jokingly explaining about the red, white and blue in the Tricolour.
“Our flag symbolises our taxes,” she said. “We get red when we talk about them, white when we get our tax bill, and blue after we pay them.”
“That’s the same with us,” the American replied. “Then we see stars too.”