# [ZION] The Programmer and the Engineer

A Programmer and an Engineer are sitting next to each other on
a long flight from LA to Paris.

The Programmer leans over to the Engineer and asks if he would
like to play a fun game.

The Engineer just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines
and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.

The Programmer persists and explains that the game is real
easy and a lotta fun. He explains "I ask you a question, and
if you don't know the answer, you pay me \$5. Then you ask me a
question, and if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you \$5."

Again, the Engineer politely declines and tries to get to
sleep. The Programmer, now somewhat exasperated, says, "OK, if
you don't know the answer you pay me \$5, and if I don't know
the answer, I'll pay you \$50!"

This catches the Engineer's attention, and he sees no end to
this torment unless he plays, so he agrees to the game. The
Programmer asks the first question. "What's the exact distance
from the earth to the moon?"

The Engineer doesn't say a word, but reaches into his wallet,
pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the Programmer.
Now, it's the Engineer's turn. He asks the Programmer "What
goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down on four?"

The Programmer looks over at him with a puzzled look. He takes
out his laptop computer and searches all of his references. He
taps into the Airphone with his modem and searches the net and
the Library of Congress.

Frustrated, he sends e-mail to his co-workers -- all to no
avail. After about an hour, he wakes the Engineer and hands
him \$50.

The Engineer politely takes the \$50 and turns away to try to
get back to sleep.

The Programmer, more than a little miffed, shakes the Engineer

Without a word, the Engineer reaches into his wallet, hands
the Programmer \$5, and turns away to get back to sleep.

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