The Smartest Man in the World

From: All Time Short Stories: The Smartest Man in the World

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A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were flying on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. Despite the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute and yelled to the passengers that they better jump, and he bailed out.


Unfortunately, only three parachutes were remaining.

The doctor grabbed one of the parachutes and said, “I'm a doctor, I save lives, so I must live to save other's lives,” and jumped out.

The lawyer then said, “I’m a lawyer, and lawyers are the smartest people in the world. Therefore, I deserve to live.” He also grabbed a parachute and jumped.

The priest looked at the little boy and said, “My son, I've lived a long and full life. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you. So take the last parachute and live in peace.”


The little boy handed the parachute back to the priest and said, “Do not worry, Father. The smartest man in the world just took off with my backpack.”


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