A guy named Pete gets a job as a switchman with the
railroad, and undergoes weeks of training. The supervisor
then takes him into the switch booth to test his
readiness. The following exchange takes place:
Supervisor: "Imagine you were sitting here alone and you
learned there was a train coming from the North on that
track, and another coming from the South on the same
track. What would you do?"
Pete: "I'd throw this switch right here and put one train
on the other track."
Supervisor: And what if that switch didn't work?"
Pete: "I'd go down to the track and throw that big
switchlever there, putting one train on the other track."
Supervisor: "And what if that switchlever didn't work?"
Pete: "Then I'd come back here and call the dispatcher to
stop both trains."
Supervisor: "And what if the phone didn't work?"
Pete: "Then I'd go to that gas station across the street
and use their phone."
Supervisor: "And what if their phone didn't work?"
Pete: "Then I'd go get Uncle Joe."
Supervisor: "Uncle Joe??? What would he do?"
Pete: "Nothing, but he ain't never seen a train wreck."
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