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Uncertain Humor

I thought this two-line joke deserved a better setup. I stole the punchline, and embellished the rest. My co-workers liked it, so I thought I'd share…


Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger were bored one day in the lab, passing the time by setting up silly experiments. You know men and their toys — things progressed about like you'd expect. First some simple things, then more elaborate, on to slightly risky, and inevitably to outright dangerous.

Their last experiment of the day was an experiment involving radiation and Erwin's unfortunate pet cat, Fluffy. (And a geiger counter, and some poison. Use your imagination.) This was their last experiment because something went horribly wrong. Schrödinger's cat was half-dead; a serious situation indeed.

All three quickly loaded into a car for an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Schrödinger tending to Fluffy in the back seat, and Heisenberg driving. Worried about Fluffy's chances for survival, they were understandably not adhering strictly to the traffic laws.

They were pulled over by a police officer who thought their driving was a little too extreme. The scientists bemoaned Murphy's Law as the officer approached their car. The officer gave a stern look as the window was rolled down, then asked Heisenberg, "Do you know how fast you were going?"

"I have no idea. But I know exactly where I am!"

Tiny Island