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Friday, September 18, 2015

A parable for our times

A college professor began class one day by setting a large, wide-mouth glass jar on his desk, where all the students could see it.

Then, from a cardboard box, he carefully poured ping pong balls into the jar, until the balls reached the top. He stood back, looked at the jar, and said, "Would you say the jar is full?"

The students all said yes.

Next, he pulled out a large bag of sand, and carefully poured the sand into the jar. The sand filled in the empty spaces between the ping pong balls. When the sand reached the top of the jar, the professor stood back, looked at the jar, and said, "Would you say the jar is full?"

The students all said yes.

Next, he pulled out a water bottle, and poured water into the jar until the water reached the top. He stood back, looked at the jar, and said, "Now the jar is full."

The moral: College students are idiots.

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