There's always the old classic "Manager versus Engineer" joke:
A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces height and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon further and shouts: "Excuse me, can you tell me where I am?"
The man below replies: "Yes, I can, you're in a hot air balloon hovering 30 feet above this field."
"You must be an engineer," says the balloonist.
"I am" replies the man, "how did you know?"
"Well," says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but it's of no use to anyone."
The man below thinks about this for a moment and then says, "You must be in management."
"I am," replies the balloonist, "how did you know?"
"Well," says the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. Furthermore, you're in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault!"
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