The Old Story

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  1. An officer in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He
    reduced altitude and spotted someone 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 man below replied, "You are in a hot air balloon hovering
    approximately 30 feet above the ground. You are between 40 and 41 degrees north latitude and between 59 and 60 degrees west longitude."

    "You must be an NCO" said the balloonist. "I am," replied the NCO,
    "How did you know?"
    "Well," answered the officer, "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 NCO below responded, "You must be an Officer." "I am," replied the
    officer, "but how did you know?"
    "Well," said the NCO, "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 that 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."
  2. What I like about this tale is the undisputed fact that the NCO can walk on water, because those coordinates place him about 400 miles off the Eastern Seaboard of the USA, well and truly out in 'the pond'.
  3. Not a coincidence SlimeyToad, obviously it's a well thought out story. :D
  4. google it and you get all the different versions of this joke. its a good one though.