A teacher was helping her students with a maths problem. She recited the following story:
There three birds sitting on a wire. A man shoots one of the birds. How
many birds are left on the wire?
A boy pauses. “None,” he replied thoughtfully.
“No” says the teacher. She holds up three fingers. “There are three birds
sitting on a wire. A man shoots one,” she puts down one finger, "How many birds are left on the wire?
“None” the boy says with authority.
The teacher sighs. “Tell me how you came up with that.”
“It’s simple” says the boy, “after the man shot one bird, he scared the
other two away.”
“Well” she says, “It’s not technically correct, but I like the way you think.”
“Okay” chimes the boy, “now let me ask you a question. There are three
woman sitting on a bench eating popsicles. One woman is licking the
popsicle, one woman is biting the popsicle, and one is sucking the
popsicle. Which one is married?” he asks innocently.
The teacher stared at the boy turning red.
“C’mon,” the boy said impatiently, “one is licking the popsicle, one is
biting and one is sucking. Which one is married?”
“Well,” she gulped and in a barely audible whisper replied, “the one who’s
“No,” he says with surprise, "the one with the wedding ring on. But I like
the way you think.