A Pair of Engineering Jokes

I received an e-mail the other day with some amusing (and true) engineering jokes:

  1. To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. (Engineering is all about trade-offs, so if you’ve used twice as much of one thing as you need — like glass — you are probably trading off and losing something else that you don’t need to — like the ease of storage of a smaller glass.)
  2. The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?” The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?” The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?” The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?” (Pick your major wisely. You might be better off going to trade school than to an expensive college for a useless degree and a mountain of debt.)
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