Date: 22 MAY 2018


Time uploaded in London –  6-24 AM   (British Summer Time)


Post No. 5034


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A heart surgeon took his car to his local garage for a regular service, where he usually exchanged a little friendly banter with the owner, a skilled but not especially wealthy mechanic.

“So tell me,” says the mechanic, “I’ve been wondering about what we both do for a living, and how much more you get paid than me..”

“Yes?..” says the surgeon.

“Well look at this,” says the mechanic, as he worked on a big complicated engine, “I check how it’s running, open it up, fix the valves, and put it all back together so it works good as new.. We basically do the same job don’t we? And yet you are paid ten times what I am – how do you explain that?”

The surgeon thought for a moment, and smiling gently, replied, “Try it with the engine running..”





This is a widely circulated story from the early 2000s. It appeared online and in emails in many different versions. Please tell me if you know it to be earlier, and/or the origin. I’ve refined the wording of the story as follows:

A philosophy professor gave an unusual test to his class. He lifted his chair onto his desk and wrote on the board simply: “Prove that this chair does not exist.” The class set to work, composing long complex explanations – except one student, who took just thirty seconds to complete and hand in his paper, attracting surprised glances from his classmates and the professor. Some days later the class received their grades for the test. The student who took thirty seconds was judged the best. His answer was, “What chair?”


The story is one of several similar urban myths which make fun of supposedly high-minded theorizing and academia, in which an apparently very difficult or impossible question is defeated by a very simple quick ‘clever’ answer. The story also inspired the fine ‘philosophy student’ contribution to the Glass Half-Full/Empty Quotes Collection. Here are some other examples of funny legendary test questions and answers:

Question- What do you think of this as a question? Answer – What do you think of this as an answer?

Q – Why? A – Why not?

Q – Why? A – Because.

Q – Define ‘courage’. A – This. (or This is.)

Q – Prove that this chair does not exist. A – This chair is actually a word on a board. The chair that exists is that one on the table.

Q – Briefly explain what hard water is? A – Ice. (This one was real)

Q – What do we call the science of classifying living things? A -Racism. (So was that)



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