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Posted 30 September 2004 - 11:54 PM

A man in a hot air balloon realizes that he is lost. He reduces altitude and spots a woman below. He descends a bit more and shouts:

"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 replies:

"You're in a hot air balloon hovering approximately 10m above the ground, you're between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.

"I am," replies the woman.

"How did you know?"

"Well," answers the balloonist, "Everything you've told me is technically correct but I've no idea what to make of your information, and the fact is I'm still lost. You've not been much help at all. If anything, you've delayed my trip."

The woman below responds: "You must be in management."

"I am," replies the balloonist. "but how did you know?"

"Well," says the woman, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've 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're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but now somehow it's my fault.

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