Three old men went to the doctor for a memory test. The doctor asked the first old man, “What is one plus one?”

“Two hundred seventy-four,” he said.

The doctor asked the same question of the second man, “What is one plus one?”

“Tuesday,” he said.

The doctor tried the third man, “What’s one plus one?”

“Two,” said the third man.

“That’s great!” said the doctor. “How did you get that?”

“Simple,” said the third man. “I subtracted 274 from Tuesday.”


—John Fehlen, Stanwood, Washington


Larson, C. B., & Ten Elshof, P. (2008). 1001 illustrations that connect (14). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House.


I try to find stories like these to include in Good Questions Have Groups Talking