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現在幾點q

【2002-03-28/經濟日報/12版/經濟生活】

一位到處兜售的推銷員開車累了,停在一個城鎮,把車開到路邊想睡一、兩個鐘頭。但巧的是,他選的安靜地點正是大多數居民每天慢跑經過的街道之一。

推銷員才剛把車停在路邊、舒服地躺下來,一名慢跑者敲著車窗問:「對不起,現在幾點?」

推銷員看了車上的鐘回答:「8點15分」。

慢跑者說聲謝便離去。

推銷員又躺了下來,才剛入睡,另一名慢跑者來敲窗:「對不起,先生,現在幾點?」

「8點25分!」

慢跑者謝後離去 。

他看到其他慢跑者還會路過,知道遲早又會有人來打擾他,為求一勞永逸,他拿出紙筆,寫上「我不知道現在幾點」,放在車窗上。

推銷員又躺下來睡覺,方入夢鄉,聽到又有人來敲車窗:「先生,先生,現在是8點45分。」

 

What Time Is It

Exhausted from driving,a traveling salesman stopped in this one town,and pulled over to get an hour or two of sleep.

But,as luck would have it,the quiet place he chose happened to be one of the streets that the majority of the towns people used to take their daily run.

The salesman had barely pulled over,and gotten comfortable when a jogger was knocking on his window,asking,"Excuse me,but do you have the time"

The man looked at the car clock and answered,"8:15."

The jogger said thanks and left.

The man settled back again,and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window and another jogger.

"Excuse me, sir,do you have the time"

"8:25!"

The jogger said thanks and left.

Now,the man could see other joggers passing by and he knew it was only a matter of time before another one would be disturbed him. Hoping to solve his problem he took out a pen and paper and put a sign in his window saying."I do not know the time!"

Again he settled back to sleep,and was just dozing off when there was another knock on the window.

"Sir,sirIt's 8:45!"