Sunday, August 17, 2008

Fun with numbers

This week, near the end of a long day at work, I was sitting in a conference room with some accountants from out of town. They were thinking about hitting a local 'riverboat' to waste a few hours and some money at the blackjack tables. They checked out this place online and noticed that there was a game variant called 'twenty one plus three.' Not remembering that they had an audience, one accountant asked another,
"What's twenty one plus three?"
Absentmindedly I replied,
"It's twenty four."
The room was silent for a moment before erupting in chuckles and disparaging remarks about accountants.

The lesson: Make sure your remarks are not taken out of context!


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