Three men are sentenced to die by guillotine.
The first man steps up, places his head in the hole, the executioner release the knife, and miraculously the knife stops inches above the man’s neck. The executioner says, “Under the laws of our country, if the guillotine fails to do its job, you are declared free.”
So the first man leaves, and the second man takes his place. Again, the guillotine knife stops inches away from the man’s neck. Again the Executioner says, “Under the laws of our country, if the guillotine fails to do its job, you are declared free.”
So the second man leaves, free. The third man, who is an actuary, puts his head in the guillotine hole, looks up, and says, “I think I see what the problem is … “