Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Some Gallows (or Chair) Humor
A chemist, a biologist and an electrical engineer were on death row
waiting to go in the electric chair. The chemist was brought forward
"Do you have anything you want to say?" asked the executioner,
strapping him in.
"No," replied the chemist. The executioner flicked the switch and
nothing happened. Under State law, if an execution attempt fails, the
prisoner is to be released, so the chemist was released. Then the
biologist was brought forwards.
"Do you have anything you want to say?" said the executioner. The
bioligist replied "No, just get on with it."
The executioner flicked the switch, and again nothing happened, so the
biologist was released. Then the electrical engineer was brought
"Do you have anything you want to say?" asked the executioner. "Yes,"
replied the engineer. "If you swap the red and the blue wires over,
you might make this thing work."