February 24, 2020
A scientist and a poet were traveling on a train. Since they were total strangers to each other, they didn't know what to talk about until the scientist suggested that they play a game.
The scientist was eager to start a conversation with the poet, but he didn't know what to say. They were riding in the same compartment.
The poet was enjoying the view outside the window while the scientist thought of the smartest things to say to his travel companion. He was trying to think of things that the poet might not know of so that he could boast about how smart he was.
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"Hey, there! I'm Ron," the scientist said.
"Hi! I'm Robert," replied the poet.
"So we have a long way to go and I thought we could talk to each other. You seem like an interesting guy. What do you do?" the scientist queried.
"I am a poet. I travel to write about my experiences and the emotions I go through when I meet new people. What about you?" the poet said.
"Oh, that's interesting. I am a scientist. I work for Boeing," the scientist said smugly.
The two men started talking about random things with Ron doing most of the talking. "Do you want to play a game?" Ron asked.
Robert wasn't much interested in playing a game with the cocky scientist. He politely said that he would love to read a book instead and reached out for his bag.
"Oh c'mon, don't be boring," the scientist said. "I'll ask you a question. If you get it wrong, you give me $5. Then you ask me a question and if I get it wrong, I'll give you $5."
The poet knew that the scientist was a bright man. He could clearly read his intentions to win and politely declined once again.
"I'll make this game even more interesting for you," the scientist said. "If I win, you give me $5 and if you win, I'll give you a $50!"
Finally, the poet agreed and so the game began. The scientist was excited and thought of many different questions.
"What is the distance between the Moon and the Earth?" he asked.
The poet thought for a moment but he could not answer the question. So he quietly reached into his pocket and handed the smug scientist a $5 bill.
"Alright! Now you ask me a question," the scientist said, clearly excited.
"What goes up a hill on three legs but comes down on four?"
The scientist thought hard about what the answer could be. After a few minutes, he gave up and handed out $50 dollars to the poet.
"What is the answer to that?" he curiously asked.
The poet looked at the scientist who was now agitated. He calmly placed a $5 bill into his hands and went back to window gazing.
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