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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Joke: Never doubt a computer

The Ultimate Computer stood at the end of the Ultimate Computer Company's
production line. At which point, the guided tour eventually arrived. The
salesman stepped forward to give his prepared demo. "This," he said, "is the
Ultimate Computer. It will give an intelligent answer to any question you
may care to ask it." A smartass who ran a humor mailing list stepped forward
and asked, "Where is my father?"

There was the soft hum of powerful electronic gear going to the task. Panel
lights lit and blinked, and within a couple of seconds the laser printer
printed out a piece of paper: "Fishing off Florida." The smartass laughed,
"Actually, my father is dead! It was a trick question."

The salesman, quickly thinking on his feet, replied that he was sorry the
answer was unsatisfactory, but as the Ultimate Computer was precise, perhaps
a rewording of the question might work better. The smartass said to the
Ultimate Computer,

"Where is my mother's husband?" Again, the hum of the powerful electronic
brain filled the room. After a moment, the laser printer whirred to life.
The paper said, "Dead. But your father is still fishing off Florida."

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