Some years ago, there was a Mensa convention in San Francisco.

Mensa, as you know, is a national organization for people who have an IQ of
140 or higher.

Several of the Mensa members went out for lunch at a local cafe.

When they sat down, one of them discovered that their salt shaker contained
pepper, and their pepper shaker was full of salt.

How could they swap the contents of the two bottles without spilling any,
and using only the implements at hand?

Clearly -- this was a job for Mensa minds.

The group debated the problem and presented ideas and finally, came up with
a brilliant solution involving a napkin, a straw, and an empty saucer.

They called the waitress over, ready to dazzle her with their solution.

"Ma'am," they said," we couldn't help but notice that the pepper shaker
contains salt and the salt shaker pepper."

But before they could finish .......... the waitress interrupted.

"Oh -- sorry about that."

She leaned over the table, unscrewed the caps of both bottles and switched

There was dead silence at the Mensa table.

Kinda reminds you of the government, doesn't it.

Solutions to our problems should be so simple, but many folks who claim to
have brilliant minds always seem to make them so difficult.


gruaud said...

Well, you voted for Bush the Lesser for just that reasoning.

How'd that work out, dummies?

CharlieE said...

I'm smart enough to know that putting people who hate government in charge of it isn't going to make it any better.

Mr_Creosote said...

Horse hockey.

"Kinda reminds you of the government, doesn't it"

Actually it kinda reminds me of business...private business. From my own observations in my 30+ years in the grind, as well as comparing notes with others, there's boatloads of inept management that did a rotten job at every task except feeding the brass' ego. From hidebound "that's the way we've always done it" inertia, mindless inflexiblity, pettyness, extraordinarily wasteful step-over-a-dollar-to-pick-up-dime actions, "the peter principle" carried out with stunning acurracy, and seeming deliberate inefficiency. That's just off the top of my head.

Yeah, government can be inefficient, but I'll bet the anti-government types have no trouble with the authoritarian sectors such as the military and law-enforcement. They'll also blanch when faced with obvious private sector incompetence, but they've been brainwashed to be boot-lickers for "the man".

Anonymous said...

The 'let's privatize everything' crowd is not 'we the people'.

Too many people have been brainwashed to forget this.

ferschitz said...

No, doesn't remind me of the government at all.

What's the joke?

Anonymous said...

'Mensa people are smart but WE got common sense."

No, you are actually fucking stupid. Please stop breeding.

CharlieE said...


I guess the lesson we're supposed to glean from this is that we'd all be better off if we sent stupid people to Washington.

The Republicans have a head start on that; see Louie Gohmert.

M. Ray Crabbinson said...

This story doesn't make sense on another level because, at every restaurant I've ever been to, the only difference between a salt shaker and pepper shaker is which is in them. They weren't labeled.

Anonymous said...


Quite often the difference is that pepper shakers have more holes than salt shakers, and the individual holes are smaller. Or in some cases the holes are in the shapes of the letters 'P' and 'S'.

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