A Norwegian man wanted a job, but the foreman wasn't too keen to hire him. He told the Norwegian that first he would have to pass a math test and the man agreed.
"Here's your first question," the foreman said. "Without using numbers represent the number nine."
"Without numbers?" the Norwegian says, "Dat's easy," and proceeded to draw a picture of three trees.
"What's this?" the boss asked.
"Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine," said the Norwegian.
"Fair enough," said the foreman, while thinking to himself that he had been outsmarted. "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99.
The Norwegian stares into space for awhile, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go."
The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you figure that to represent 99?
"Vell, each of dose trees is dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dat is 99."
The foreman is now worried that he's actually going to have to hire this Norwegian, so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100."
The Norwegian stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred."
The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!"
(Think you'll like this one)
The Norwegian leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says, "A little doggie came along and crap by each tree. So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd and dirty tree and a turd, which makes one hundred...... So, when I start?!"
10 dec 2005