Random Joke #2: What’s 2 Plus 2


An engineer, a mathematician, a logician, a lawyer and an accountant apply for the position of manager of a large division. To determine who’s the most suitable applicant, the interviewer asked each of them to answer this question: “What’s 2 plus 2?”

When the interviewer asked the question to the old engineer, he immediately whipped out his slide rule and shuffled it back and forth, and finally answered, “between 3.9999 and 4.0001.”

When asked the same question, the mathematician answered “4” without missing a bit.

Next, the logician answered, “Elementary! Using deductive reasoning, I deduce that it is impossible for 2 plus 2 to be equal to 1 or 2. 2 plus 2 is also not equal to 3 since 3 minus 2 is equal to 1. So, it leaves us 4, and 4 minus 2 is equal to 2. Ergo, 2 plus 2 is equal to 4!”

Next, the lawyer answered, “In the case of Nutters v. Department of Professional Tax Hounds, the Supreme Court ruled that 2 plus 2 is equal to 5.”

Finally, when asked the same question, the accountant just smirked and asked the interviewer in a low voice, “How much do you want it to be?”

It goes without saying who got the job.

Source: This is based on an old joke, I just added the logician and the lawyer.

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22 thoughts on “Random Joke #2: What’s 2 Plus 2

  1. I’ts probably the slight cynicism in me, but I actually wasn’t sure who would’ve got the job, lol! The straightforward answer seemed best to me, even if less amusing, but the last answer might just be what a large corp might want (hopefully not) 🙂 Either way, fun comparisons, Edmark! – Adan


  2. Old joke is right. I first heard it in the 80s as “geologist/ engineer / geophysicist (or well log analyst)” answers: 4 / 4.0000 / what do you want it to be?

    It applies to every profession. :-)

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  3. Fromm E.E.Cummings’ book, “is 5”:

    On the assumption that my technique is either complicated or original or both, the publishers have politely requested me to write an introduction to this book.

    At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer of burlesk, viz. “Would you hit a woman with a child? — No, I’d hit her with a brick.” Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement.

    If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things made matter very little–somebody who is obsessed by Making. Like all obsessions, the Making obsession has disadvantages; for instance, my only interest in making money would be to make it. Fortunately, however, I should prefer to make almost anything else, including locomotives and roses. It is with roses and locomotives (not to mention acrobats Spring electricity Coney Island the 4th of July the eyes of mice and Niagara Falls) that my “poems” are competing.

    They are also competing with each other, with elephants, and with El Greco.

    Ineluctable preoccupation with The Verb gives a poet one priceless advantage: whereas nonmakers must content themselves with the merely undeniable fact that two times two is four, he rejoices in a purely irresistible truth (to be found, in abbreviated costume, upon the title page of the present volume.)

    E. E. Cummings.

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