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Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, the Dali Lama and a Hippie

One night, a plane was flying somewhere above New Jersey. There were five people on board: the pilot, Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, the Dali Lama, and a hippie.

               Suddenly, an illegal oxygen generator exploded, and the passenger cabin began to fill with smoke.

               The cockpit door opened, and the pilot said "Gentlemen, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that were about to crash. The good news is that there are four parachutes, and I have one of them!"

With that, the pilot opened the door and jumped from the plane.

Michael Jordan was on his feet in a flash. "Gentlemen," he said, "I am the worlds greatest athlete and I should have a parachute!" With these words, he grabbed one of the remaining parachutes, and jumped into the night.

                Bill Gates rose and said, "Gentlemen, I am the worlds smartest man. The world needs smart men. I think the worlds smartest man should have a parachute, too." He grabbed one, and out he jumped.

The Dali Lama and the hippie looked at one another. Finally, the Dali Lama spoke. "My son," he said, "I have lived a good life and have known the bliss of True Enlightenment. You have your life ahead of you; you take a parachute, and I will go down with the plane."

               The hippie smiled slowly and said, "Hey, dont worry, your holiness. The worlds smartest man just jumped out wearing my backpack."

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