An Englishman went to Spain on a fishing trip. He hired a
Spanish guide to help him find the best fishing spots. Since
the Englishman was learning Spanish, he asked the guide to
speak to him in Spanish and to correct any mistakes of
usage. They were hiking on a mountain trail when a very
large, purple and blue fly crossed their path. The
Englishmen pointed at the insect with his fishing rod, and
"Mira el gran mosca!"
The guide, sensing a teaching opportunity, replied, "No,
señor. No es 'el mosca', es 'la mosca'. Es femenino."
The Englishman looked at him, then back at the fly, and then
said, "Good heavens... you must have incredibly good
A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced
altitude and saw a woman below. He descended a bit more and
shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I
would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."
The woman below replied, "You are in a hot air balloon
approximately 20 metres above the ground. You are between 40
and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees
"You must be an engineer," said the balloonist.
"I am, replied the woman, 'How did you know?"
"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is,
technically correct, but I have no idea what to make of your
information, and the fact is I am still lost. Frankly,
you've not been much help so far."
The woman below responded, "You must be in management."
"I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"
"Well," said the woman, "you don't know where you are or
where you are going. You have risen to where you are due to
a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise which you
have no idea how to keep, and you expect people beneath you
to solve your problems.
The fact is you are in exactly the same position you were in
before we met, but now, somehow, it's my fault."