A priest, a wino, and an engineer are sentenced
to death by guillotine. The executioner asks the
priest if he wants to face upward or downward when
he meets his fate. The priest says that he would
like to die face up, so that he will be looking
toward Heaven when he dies.
The blade of the guillotine is raised and released.
It comes speeding down and suddenly stops just inches
from his throat. This is seen as a sign from Above,
and the priest is set free.
Next, the wino goes to the guillotine. He also
decides to die face up hoping that he will be as
fortunate as the priest. Once again, the blade
stops inches from the throat.
Again, a miracle, and the wino is set free.
The engineer is next. He too decides to die facing
up. The executioner slowly raises the blade of the
guillotine. Suddenly the engineer exclaims, ďAha!
Wait a minute! I see what your problem is."