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Professor & the oarsman

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by cheer, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    One day, a professor was conducting a study at sea. He went
    out to sea in a 'sampan' with an oarsman. The oarsman job is
    to row the 'sampan'. The oarsman was an old and quiet man.

    This was fine with the professor as he did not want any
    disturbance while he did his work.

    For many hours, the professor examined water specimens from the
    sea and wrote down notes in his book. The oarsman looked up to
    the sky and thought to himself, " Hmm??it looks like it's going to
    rain".

    Finally, when the professor had completed his work, he said,
    "Okay, let's get back to the shore". Only during the journey
    back did the professor speak to the oarsman.

    "How long have you been rowing boats?" asked the professor.

    "Almost all my life", replied the oarsman.

    "Your whole life? So you don't know anything else besides
    rowing boats?" asked the professor.

    The oarsman just shook his head from side to side.

    "Do you know geography?" asked the professor. The oarsman
    shook his head quietly.

    "In that case, you have lost 25 percent of your life,"said
    the professor.

    "Do you know biology?" The oarsman shook his head.
    "You poor soul. You have lost 50 percent of your life. Do you
    know physics?" Again, the oarsman simply shook his head.

    "How pitiful, you have lost 75 percent of your life then, you
    are so unfortunate, you don't know anything.

    You have wasted your whole life just rowing boats," said the
    professor arrogantly. The oarsman just kept quiet.

    A few minutes later, it started to rain. Suddenly a huge wave
    swept the 'sampan' and overturned it.

    The professor and the oarsman were thrown into the sea.

    Now, the oarsman asked the professor, "By the way, do you
    know how to swim?". The professor shook his head.

    "In that case, you have lost 100 percent of your life!!,"
    cried the oarsman as he swam to the shore.


    THE END

    The moral of this story is:
    It is no use having a high I.Q. or intelligence, if you do
    not know the more important things in life.
    Someone may seem stupid in something that has nothing to do
    with his career or life. But he is a master in his line of work.
    So, do not look down on others just because
    they seem ignorant or stupid, because they may in fact
    be more successful than us.
     
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  2. madhu11

    madhu11 Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Cheer,

    Wonderful post. :thankyou2:for sharing.

    Madhu
     
  3. lalithasai

    lalithasai Senior IL'ite

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    Dear Cheer,

    I've heard this story before and whenever I get to meet people who show off a lot and act rude just because they have Hi-Fi educational degrees/Doctorates, this story comes to my minds and I just laugh to myself.

    Good going, lovely day.
     
  4. vinoran

    vinoran Bronze IL'ite

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    Hi Cheer

    "Old wine in a new bottle?" - Anyway thanks for refreshing us - It is really a good one

    Cheers !!
    Vinoran
     
  5. Sriniketan

    Sriniketan IL Hall of Fame

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    Nice article.
    This reminds me of a Tamil proverb 'yaettu surakkai karikku udavaadhu'. which means there is no use in learning things by theory but you should be able to be practical too.
    Sriniketan
     
  6. cheer

    cheer Silver IL'ite

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    Thanx ladies, good to know everyone liked it.
     

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