A policeman was testing 3 brothers who were training to become
To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, he shows the
first brother a picture for 5 seconds and then hides it. "This is your
suspect, how would you recognize him?"
The first brother answers, "That's
easy, we'll catch him fast because he only has one eye!" The policeman
says, "Well...uh... that's because the picture I showed is his side
Slightly flustered by this ridiculous response, he flashes the picture for
5 seconds at the second brother and asks him, "This is your suspect, how
you recognize him?"
The second brother smiles and says, "Ha! He'd be too easy
to catch because he only has one ear!" The policeman angrily responds,
"What's the matter with you two? Of course only one eye and one ear are
showing because it's a picture of his side profile! Is that the best answer
you can come up with?"
Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the third brother
and in a very testy voice asks, "This is your suspect, how would you
He quickly adds, "Think hard before giving me a stupid answer." The brother
looks at the picture intently for a moment and says, "The suspect wears
contact lenses." The policeman is surprised and speechless because he
doesn't know himself if the suspect wears contacts or not. "Well, that's an
interesting answer. Wait here for a few minutes while I check his file and
I'll get back to you on that." He leaves the room and goes to his office,
checks the suspect's file in his computer, and comes back with a beaming
smile on his face.
"Wow! I can't believe it. It's TRUE! The suspect does in fact wear contact
lenses. Good work! How were you able to make such an astute observation?"
"That's easy," the third brother replied. "He can't wear regular glasses because he
only has one eye and one ear."