Liberal Arts Blog — Engineers, Lawyers, Doctors — an Update
Liberal Arts Blog — Sunday is the Joy of Humor, Food, Travel, Practical Life Tips, and Miscellaneous Day
Today’s Topic: Engineers, Lawyers, Doctors — an Update
When I greet tourists from around the world at the North Bridge in Concord, I offer five basic forms of entertainment: history, music, literature, science, and humor. And I am constantly trying to expand my repertoire in each category. Today, three additions to the humor category. One for engineers, one for doctors, and the third for lawyers. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN INTROVERTED AND AN EXTROVERTED ENGINEER?
1. The introverted engineer looks at his shoes when he’s talking to you.
2. The extroverted engineer looks at your shoes when he’s talking to you.
3. Reddit comments:
a.) “I’ve never had more eye contact than at work (with engineers.)”
b.) Reply: “I think engineers are taught to be more social to stop giving them a ‘bad rep’. Any engineer I know stares you down trying to appear social.”
HOW DO YOU HIDE A $100 BILL FROM A DOCTOR?
1. Orthopedic surgeon: stick it in a textbook.
2. Radiologist: tape it to the patient.
3. Plastic surgeon: you can’t hide a $100 bill from a plastic surgeon.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A GOOD LAWYER AND A BAD LAWYER?
1. The bad lawyer might let a case drag on for several years.
2. A good lawyer knows how to make it last even longer.
Unfortunately, the law of diminishing returns appears to me to apply to humor as to other fields. It’s a version of the Pareto distribution. Colloquially, the 80/20 rule. If you don’t remember my favorite jokes by category, revisit the first humor posts from the fall of 2017. For the last three years of posts organized by theme:
Anything miscellaneous to share? Best trip you ever took in your life? Practical life tips? Random facts? Jokes? Or, what is the best cartoon you have seen lately? or in the last 10 years? or the last 50? Or what is your favorite holiday food? Main course? Dessert? Fondest food memories? Favorite foods to eat or prepare?
This is your chance to make someone else’s day. Or to cement in your mind a memory that might otherwise disappear. Or to think more deeply about something dear to your heart. Continuity is key to depth of thought.