|A Newfie Math Test
A Newfie wants a job, but the foreman won’t hire him until he passes a little
“Here is your first question”, the foreman said. “Without using numbers,
represent the number 9.”
“Without numbers?” The Newfie says. “Dat is easy.” And proceeds to
draw three trees.
“What’s this?” the boss asks.
“Have you ain’t got no brain? Tree and tree plus tree makes 9”
says the Newfie.
“Fair enough,” says the boss. “Here’s your second question. Use the
same rules, but this time the number is 99.”
The Newfie stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture
that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree… “Ere you go.”
The boss scratches his head and says, “How on earth do you get that to
“Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it’s dirty tree, and dirty tree, plus dirty
tree. Dat makes 99.”
The boss is getting worried that he’s going to actually have to hire
this Newfie , so he says, “All right, last question. Same rules again, but
represent the number 100.”
The Newfie stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture
again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says,
“Ere you go. One hundred.”
The boss looks at the attempt. “You must be nuts if you think that
represents a hundred!”
The Newfie leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree
and whispers,”A little dog come along and poop by each tree. So now you
got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd,
which makes ONE HUNDRED!”
The Newfie is the new supervisor.