courtesy of Reiner from
A man in a hot air balloon realised he was lost.
his altitude and saw a man below.
"Excuse me, but can you help me?
promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago but
I don't know where I am,"
The man below replied: "You are in a hot air balloon
approximately 30 ft above the ground.
You are between 40 and 41 degrees North
between 56 and 57 degrees West longitude."
the balloonist replied:
"You must be a broker." To which the man
on the ground said:
"I am, but how did you know?"
came from above: "Everything you told me is
technically correct but I
have no idea what to make of your
information, and the fact is I'm still lost.
Frankly, you've not been much help so far."
The man below responded:
"You must be a trader."
To which the balloonist replied: "Yes,
I am, but how did you know?"
To which the man on the ground said:
"You don't know where you
are or where you are going. You have risen to
your current position
due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise
which you have
no idea how to keep and you expect me to solve your problem.
fact is, you are in exactly the same position you were in
before we met, but
now, somehow, it's my fault."