How to Detect a Mental Deficiency
A noted psychiatrist was a guest at a blonde gathering, and his
hostess naturally broached the subject in which the doctor was
most at ease. "Would you mind telling me, doctor," she asked,
"how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears
"Nothing is easier," he replied. "You ask a simple question which
anyone should answer with no trouble. If he hesitates, that puts
you on the track."
"What sort of question?"
"Well, you might ask him, 'Captain Cook made three trips around
the world and died during one of them. Which one?'"
The blonde thought a moment, then said with a nervous laugh,
"You wouldn't happen to have another example would you?
I must confess I don't know much about history."