There was a Midwestern phone company that was going to hire one team of
telephone pole installers, and the boss had to choose between a team of two
Norwegian guys and a team of two Irish guys.
So the boss met with both teams and said: "Here's what we'll do. Each
team will be installing poles out on the new road for a day. The team that
installs the most phone poles gets the job."
Both teams headed right out. At end of the shift, Pat and Mike, the Irish
guys, came back and the boss asked them how many they had installed.
They said that it was tough going, but they'd put in twelve.
Forty-five minutes later, Ole and Sven, the Norwegian guys came back in and
they were totally exhausted.
The boss asked, "Well, how many poles did ! you guys install?"
Ole, the team leader, wiped his brow and sighed, "Sven and me, we got three
The boss gasped, "Three? Those two Irish guys put in twelve!"
"Yeah," said Ole, "but you should see how much they left stickin' out of the