T-Square, Spreadsheet, Measure and Coffee Break Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were. The
first man was an Engineer, the second an Accountant, the third a Chemist and the fourth man was a Government Employee. To show off, the Engineer called his cat, 'T-square, do your stuff.' T-square pranced
over to the desk, took out some paper and pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle. Everyone agreed that was pretty smart. But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat
and said, 'Spreadsheet, do your stuff.' Spreadsheet went out to the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies. Everyone agreed that was good. But the
Chemist said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said 'Measure, do your stuff.'
Measure got up, walked to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured
exactly 8oz. without spilling a drop into the glass. Everyone agreed that was pretty good. Then the three men turned to the Government Employee and said, 'What can your cat do?' The Government
Employee called his cat Coffee Break and said 'do your stuff.' Coffee Break jumped to his feet... He drank the milk ate the cookies, and then beat up the other three cats. Later he claimed he injured his back while doing so, so he filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions, put in for Workers Compensation
and went home for the rest of the day on sick leave. Postscript No tyranny is so irksome as petty tyranny: the officious demands of policemen, government clerks, and electromechanical gadgets. Edward Abbey
On Coffee Break?
Return of the Four Cats
Here is a sequel to the 'Four Cats', the twist is that you provide most of
the narrative. Imagine what is happening, and what the cats will do next.
We named the four cats, Smokey, Tabby, Ginger and Sinbad. In our version of the above, the four cats spent so much time quarrelling
that the pigeons were alerted and flew away. However, that was not the end
of the story, 'Tabby' went hunting on his own.
Tabby tries new tactic
Another chapter in the cat story - Smokey goes under cover