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Headless Engineer

A priest, a shaman, and an engineer were caught up in a military revolt in a hostile small nation. The revolt was suppressed by the dictator who summarily sentenced the three to death by the guillotine.

The priest was chosen to be beheaded first. He asked that he lie face up so that he could look to the heavens and to God when he was beheaded. The executioner raised the guillotine blade as high as it went and then let go. The blade stopped a few inches from the priest's neck. The dictator's guards believed that this was an omen from God, and let the priest go free.

The shaman asked that he be beheaded face down, so that he could see mother earth when he was beheaded. The executioner raised the blade as high as it went and then let go. The blade stopped a few inches from his neck. The dictator's guards believed that this was an omen from Mother Earth, and let the shaman go free.

When it came time for the engineer to be beheaded, he said to the executioner, "I believe that I could help you with the problem of that dysfunctional blade. I have been observing and think that if you use a little oil and don't pull the blade all the way to the top it would work better."

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