Tom is applying for a job as a signalman for the local railroad,
and is told to meet the inspector at the signal box.
inspector decides to give Tom a pop quiz, asking, "What would
you do if you realized that two trains were heading towards each
other on the same track?"
Tom says, "I would switch one train to another track."
if the lever broke?" asks the inspector.
"I'd run down to the tracks and use the manual lever,"
if that had been struck by lightning?" challenges the inspector.
"Then," Tom continues, "I'd run back up here and
use the phone to call the next signal box."
if the phone was busy?"
"In that case," Tom argues, "I'd run to the street
level and use the public phone near the station".
if that had been vandalized?"
"Oh, well," says Tom, "in that case I'd run into
town and get my Uncle Leo."
puzzles the inspector, so he asks, "Why would you do that?"
he's never seen a train crash!"