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High Government Official Fails Simple Mental Test 


A  noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an  academic function where a high government official happened to appear. The official took the opportunity to  schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked him a  question with which he was most at  ease.

'Would you mind telling me,  Doctor, how you detect a mental  deficiency in somebody who appears completely  normal?'

'Nothing is easier,' he replied.  'You ask a simple question which anyone should  answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates,  that puts you on the track..'

'What sort  of question?' asked the official.

Well, you  might ask, 'Captain Cook made three trips around  the world and died during one of them. Which  one?''

         [photo by: Koala: Bear]

The official thought a moment, and then  said with a nervous laugh, 'You wouldn't happen  to have another example would you? I must  confess I don't know much about  history.'

[according to my source, this was a true incident]

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