While a friend and I were visiting Oxford
University, we noticed several students on
their hands and knees assessing the courtyard
with pencils and clipboards in hand.
“What are they doing?” I asked our tour guide.
“Each year,” he replied with a grin, “The
Dean asks the new students how many bricks it
took to finish paving this courtyard.”
“So what’s the answer?” my friend asked him
when we were out of earshot of the freshmen.
The guide replied, “One.”