There were four people who were in the final stages of interviewing for a prestigious job.
The company decided to fly them all in for dinner and a final interview.
Over dinner at a fine restaurant, the president of the company told them that
all were very worthy applicants, and that he wished he could hire them all, but
that they only had enough money budgeted to hire one person. He told them that
he would call each of them in one at a time for a final interview the next day,
and that he would ask each one of them the same question. Whoever answered the
question the best would be the one hired. All applicants agreed that this was
The next day the first applicant, was called in. The president
posed the question, "What is the fastest thing in the world?"
He thought for a moment and replied, "That would have to be a thought."
"Why do you say that?" asked the president.
"Well, a thought takes no time at all...it is in your mind in an instant,
then gone again."
"Ahh, very good. Thank you," replied the president.
Next the same question was posed to the second application. "What is the fastest
thing in the world?"
She paused and replied, "That would have to be a blink."
"Why?" asked the president.
"Because you don't even think about a blink, it's just a reflex. You do it in
The president thanked her, then called in the next person.
The third applicant was asked what the fastest thing in the world was, and after
hesitating for a brief moment, he replied, "I would have to say electricity. Why?Because a man can flip a switch, and immediately, three miles away a light
will go on."
"I see, very good," replied the president.
Then, the last man was called in.
He, too, was asked, "What is the fastest thing in the world?"
"That's easy..." he replied, "that would have to be diarrhea!"
Rather stunned, the president asked, "Why do you say that?"
"Well, last night after dinner, I was lying in my bed and I got the worst
stomach cramps... ..and before I could THINK, BLINK, or TURN ON THE
(He got the job....)