IJMC - Train Tickets
I will admit that I should have sent this post last night. I plead the
fifth and urge you to read on. -dave
Three PhDs and three MDs are going to a conference and must
travel by train to get there. At the station, the three MDs buy
their three tickets and watch as the three PhDs buy only a single
ticket. "How are three people going to travel on only one ticket?"
says one MD. "Just watch and you'll see," answers a PhD.
They all board the train and the MDs take their seats and watch as
all three PhDs cram into a restroom and close the door behind them. The
train departs and shortly afterward, the conductor comes around
collecting tickets. He knocks on the restroom door and says "Ticket,
please." The door opens just a crack and a single arm emerges with a
ticket in hand. The conductor takes it and moves on. The MDs see all
this and agreed it is quite a clever idea. So after the conference, the
MDs decide to copy the PhDs on the return trip and save some money
(managed care and all that). When they get to the station, they buy a
single ticket for the return trip. But to their astonishment, the PhDs
don't buy a ticket at all. "How are you going to travel without a single
ticket?" says one MD. "Just watch and you'll see," answers a PhD.
They board the train. The three MDs cram into a restroom compartment
and the three PhDs cram into an another one nearby. The train departs.
Shortly afterward, one of the PhDs leaves his restroom, walks over to
the MDs stall, knocks on the door and says, "Ticket, please".