Lost Balloonist

A man flying in a hot air balloon realizes he is lost. He reduces his altitude and spots a man in a field down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts, “Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?”

The man below says, “Yes, you’re in a hot air balloon, about 30 feet above this field.”

“You must be an engineer,” says the balloonist.

“I am. How did you know?”

“Everything you told me is technically correct, but it’s of no use to anyone.”

The man below says, “You must be in management.”

“I am. But how did you know?”

“You don’t know where you are, or where you’re going, but you expect me to be able to help. You’re in the same position you were before we met, but now it’s my fault.”

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5 responses to “Lost Balloonist

  1. tiny tash

    im confused now

  2. Roffle! Factual *and* funny 🙂 xx

  3. Matt

    I’m not sure the stereotype about the engineer rings true. Maybe a scientist or mathematician who focuses on the theoretical would more closely fit. Engineers actually use math and physics to make useful stuff.

  4. Matt – I work with engineers and it isn’t that they don’t do useful things with maths/physics, they really do. But they DO struggle to communicate that. As a PR Officer in the engineering sector, I know this only too well when faced with taking a project and having to translate it into something that the press will pick up – even specialist trade publications!

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