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Douglas Adams got me a Free Lunch

sielwolf (246764) writes | more than 7 years ago

Books 4

Today I had a group meeting and we were told that our department had produced XX many reports for customers this year. We were then asked to guess how many of those XX reports our group had been lead on. The closest answer would win a free lunch.

Today I had a group meeting and we were told that our department had produced XX many reports for customers this year. We were then asked to guess how many of those XX reports our group had been lead on. The closest answer would win a free lunch.

Ok: so what you know is that your group produces reports (so the number isn't 0). But you also know that the rest of the department produces reports as products too, so it probably isn't XX. So you have no real information to go on. So what do you do?

In the absence of a rational choice, make a ridiculous one. I went with 42.

[He shoots...]

The answer? 41.

[He scores!]

Asked why I chose that number I said "It's the ultimate answer. The only real unknown is what the question is." You know who also chose 42? My boss. Same reason. "I'm glad someone else here has a literary mind!"

[And one!]

Sometimes the wacky answer truly is the best one :P

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Douglas Adams didn't get you shit! (1)

TechnoLust (528463) | more than 7 years ago | (#17713512)

Because as we all know, there's no such thing as a Free Lunch. ;-)

Re:Douglas Adams didn't get you shit! (1)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 7 years ago | (#17713756)

So... did this just mean I tore a hole in the time-space continuum or something? Meh. Whatever. I got a headache and the cure is more FREE LUNCH!

Was it fish? (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 7 years ago | (#17713792)

He said, warily.

Re:Was it fish? (1)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 7 years ago | (#17713918)

Haven't had it yet. I get my tab picked up at our next luncheon... so I gotta make sure we don't end up going to Dairy Queen or something :P

Of course this opens up the whole issue of "up to what dollar value can I order before my boss starts shooting eye daggers at me?"
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