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Rare Knowledge Is Often Unrewarded

Posted on | July 1, 2010 | No Comments

I was reflecting today on a joke koan that I read, somewhere, I can’t remember where (and I’ve added to it):

A locomotive breaks down and an engineer is called in to fix it. The engineer listens to the sounds of the locomotive, reaches in his tool box and pulls out a hammer. He crawls under the train, bangs four times on something and then crawls out from under the train. He looks at the manager, hands him an invoice and says “All fixed, boss.” The manager looks at the invoice that says $1500.00 then says  “All you did was whack it with a hammer four times!” The engineer smiled and said “Whacking that piece with a hammer four times: $100. Knowing where and how to whack it: $1400. You got a break, I usually charge per hit.” The manager was then enlightened.

I thought those who read this blog might enjoy that :)

I’m almost positive that I saw the original version of this on Stack Overflow, but I can’t seem to find it now. It could be that the post has since been deleted. If you know where it is, please leave a comment.


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