Article: 4183 of rec.humor.funny.reruns
Newsgroups: rec.humor.funny.reruns
From: Lance@usa.net (Lance W. Haverkamp)
Subject: a corollary bypass
Keywords: smirk, originally appeared in Nov, 1996
[Note - making the rounds - ed.]
After applying some simple algebra to some trite phrases and
cliches, a new understanding can be reached of the secret to
wealth and success.
Here it goes.
Knowledge is Power
Time is Money and as everyone knows, Power is Work divided by
Time.
So, substituting algebraic equations for these time worn bits of
wisdom, we get:
K = P (1)
T = M (2)
P = W/T (3)
Now, do a few simple substitutions:
Put W/T in for P in equation (1), which yields:
K = W/T (4)
Put M in for T into equation (4), which yields:
K = W/M (5).
Now we've got something. Expanding back into English, we get:
Knowledge equals Work divided by Money.
What this MEANS is that:
1. The More You Know, the More Work You Do,
and
2. The More You Know, the Less Money You Make.
Solving for Money, we get:
M = W/K (6)
Money equals Work divided by Knowledge.
From equation (6) we see that Money approaches infinity as
Knowledge approaches 0, regardless of the Work done.
What THIS MEANS is:
The More you Make, the Less you Know.
Solving for Work, we get
W = M x K (7)
Work equals Money times Knowledge
From equation (7) we see that Work approaches 0 as Knowledge
approaches 0.
What THIS MEANS is:
The stupid rich do little or no work.
Working out the socioeconomic implications of this breakthrough
is left as an exercise for the reader.