Italian Job Interview
An Italian man wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he
passes a little math test. "Here's your first question," the foreman
said. "Without using numbers, represent the number 9."
"Without numbers?" the Italian says, "Data easy." and he proceeds to
draw three trees.
"What's this?" the boss asks
"Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make a nine," explains
"Fair enough," says the boss. "Here's your second question. Use the
same rules, but this time the number is 99."
The Italian stares into space for awhile, then picks up the picture that
he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go."
The boss scratches his head and asks, "How on earth does this
"Each of da trees isa dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, dirty tree, and dirty tree.
Dat is 99."
The boss is getting worried that he's going to actually have to hire this
fellow, so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules apply, but
represent the number 100."
The Italian stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture
again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says,
"Ere you go. One hundred."
The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think this
represents a hundred!!"
The Italian leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each
tree and says, "A little doga came along and 'go' by eacha tree. So
now you gota dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty
tree and a turd, data makea one hundred.
So, when I'm a gonna start?"