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Are you a professional?

Somebody sent me this short quiz, "A test for professionals," that's been making the e-mail rounds. Bet you don't get one of the four right.


The following short quiz consists of four questions and will tell you whether you are qualified to be a professional. The questions are NOT difficult.


1. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?

The correct answer is: Open the refrigerator, put in the giraffe, and close
the door. This question tests whether you tend to do simple things in an
overly complicated way.


2. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?

Did you say, Open the refrigerator, put in the elephant, and close the
refrigerator? Wrong Answer.

Correct Answer: Open the refrigerator, take out the giraffe, put in the
elephant and close the door. This tests your ability to think through the
repercussions of your previous actions.


3. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All of the animals
attended except one. Which animal did not attend the conference?

Correct Answer: The Elephant. The elephant is in the refrigerator.
Remember, you just put him in there. This tests your memory. Okay, even if
you did not answer the first three questions correctly, you still have one
more chance to show your true abilities.


4. There is a river you must cross but it is used by crocodiles, and you do
not have a boat. How do you manage it?

Correct Answer: You jump into the river and swim across it. Have you not
been listening to anything I've said? All of the crocodiles are attending
the animal conference called by the Lion King. This tests whether you learn
quickly from your previous mistakes.


According to Anderson Consulting Worldwide, around ninety (90%) percent of
all professionals tested got all of the questions wrong, but many of the
preschoolers tested got several correct answers. Anderson Consulting says
this conclusively disproves the theory that most professionals have the
brains of a four-year-old.

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