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A Little Light Relief

A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a woman below. He reduced altitude a bit more and shouted, ‘Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don’t know where I am.’

The woman below replied, ‘You’re in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 30 feet above the ground. You’re between latitude 50 and 51 degrees north and between longitude 0 and 1 degree west’

‘You must be an engineer,’ said the balloonist. ‘I am’ replied the woman, ‘How did you know?’

‘Well’ answered the balloonist, ‘everything you told me is technically correct, but I’ve no idea what to make of your information and the fact is I’m still lost. Frankly, you’ve not been much help at all. If anything you’ve delayed my trip.’

The woman below responded. ‘You must be in management’. ‘I am’, replied the balloonist, ‘but how did you know?’

‘Well’ said the woman ‘you don’t know where you are or where you’re going. You have risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you’ve no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you to solve your problems. The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now, somehow, it’s my fault.’

John Moss.