Trudy Pipe, email

A GYNECOLOGIST had a burning desire to change careers and become a mechanic. So she found a TAFE that offered an automotive course and signed up. She attended classes diligently and resolved to learn all she could. When the time for the practical exam approached, she prepared carefully for weeks, and during the exam she demonstrated tremendous skill and precision.

When the results came back, she was surprised to find she had been given a mark of 150 per cent. Fearing an error, she called the instructor, saying: “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wondered if there had been an error that needed adjusting.”

The instructor replied: “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50 per cent of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which was also worth 50 per cent of the mark. I gave you an extra 50 per cent because you did all of it through the exhaust.”