A physicist, an engineer and a mathematician are all standing around the university flagpole when an English professor stops and asks what they’re doing.

“Well,” says the physicist, “we want to know the height of the flagpole and are discussing formulas we might use to calculate it.”

“Watch,” says the English professor as he takes down the flagpole. Borrowing a measure tape, he measures and says, “Twenty-four feet, exactly.”

Then he re-erects the flagpole and goes on his way.

“Humpphhh!”, snorts the mathematician. “Isn’t that just like an English professor? We ask him for the height and he gives us the length!”

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