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    Absolute wisdom

    An angel appears at a faculty meeting and tells the dean that in return for his unselfish and exemplary behaviour, the Lord will reward him with his choice of infinite wealth, wisdom or beauty. Without hesitation, the dean selects infinite wisdom.  “Done!” says the angel, and disappears in a bolt of lightning. Now all heads turn towards the dean, who sits surrounded by a faint halo of light. At length, one of his colleagues whispers, “Say something!” The dean looks at them. “I should have taken the money.”

    From Absolute Zero Gravity (1992), by U.S. journalist Betsy Devine (1946- ), and mathematical biologist Joel E. Cohen (1944- ).

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