When someone asks you a tough question, an answer usually pops into your head right away. But you’re often better off thinking about it for a while – otherwise you might end up like the girl in this story!
A manager at Walmart had the task of hiring someone to fill a job opening. After sorting through a stack of resumes, he found four people who were equally qualified. He decided to call the four women in and ask them only one question. Their answer would determine which of them would get the job.
The day came and as the four sat around the conference room table, the interviewer asked, “What is the fastest thing you can think of?”
The first woman replied, “A thought! It just pops into your head. There’s no warning.”
“That’s very good!” replied the interviewer. “And, now you, what’s the fastest thing you can think of?” he asked the second woman.
“Hmmm, let’s see… A blink! It comes and goes and you don’t know that it ever happened. A blink is the fastest thing I know of.”
“Excellent!” said the interviewer. “The blink of an eye, that’s a very popular cliché for speed.”
He then turned to the third woman, who was contemplating her reply.
“Well, out at my dad’s ranch, you step out of the house and on the wall there’s a light switch. When you flip that switch, way out across the pasture the light on the barn comes on in less than an instant. Yep, turning on a light is the fastest thing I can think of.”
The interviewer was very impressed with the third answer and thought he had found the person for the job. “True, it’s hard to beat the speed of light,” he said.
The interviewer then turned to the fourth candidate, who was a 19 year old blonde, and posed the same question.
She replied, “After hearing the previous three answers, it’s obvious to me that the fastest thing is diarrhea.”
“WHAT!?” said the interviewer, stunned by the response.
“Oh sure,” said the blonde, “you see, the other day I wasn’t feeling so good, and I ran for the bathroom, but before I could think, blink, or turn on the light, I had already crapped my pants.”
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