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Re: it was Svengali

On Fri, 21 Jan 2000, Alec Dale wrote:

> How could a correct technical explanation not be helpful?

Professionally, I've seen lots of useless but technically correct answers.
Stop me if you've heard this one...

A helicopter pilot flying near Seattle lost his navigational instruments
in a fog.  To get his bearing he flew to the nearest office building he
could find.  There he circled the building while his copilot held up a
hand written sign so it could be read by workers in the building.  The
sign read

"Where am I?"

The office workers scrambled about, then held up a sign of there own.  It

"You're in a helicopter."

The pilot nodded his thanks and immediately flew a beeline to his
heliport.  Once he landed his copilot asked:

"How could that answer possibly help you find your way here?"

The pilot answered:

"The answer was technically correct but utterly useless.  So I knew we
were at the MicroSoft building."

Roger Miller

PS  I'm sure we all see this story's high degree of relevance to aquatic