Crazy Interview Of Mental Man
A man who had been in a mental home for some years
finally seemed to have improved to the point where
it was thought he might be released.
The head of the institution, in a fit of
commendable caution, decided, however, to
interview him first.
"Tell me," said he, "if we release you, as we are
considering doing, what do you intend to do with
The inmate said, "It would be wonderful to get
back to real life and if I do, I will certainly
refrain from making my former mistake.
I was a nuclear physicist, you know, and it was
the stress of my work in weapons research that
helped put me here. If I am released, I shall
confine myself to work in pure theory, where I
trust the situation will be less difficult and
"Marvelous," said the head of the institution.
"Or else," ruminated the inmate. "I might teach.
There is something to be said for spending one's
life in bringing up a new generation of
"Absolutely," said the head.
"Then again, I might write. There is considerable
need for books on science for the general public.
Or I might even write a novel based on my
experiences in this fine institution."
"An interesting possibility," said the head.
"And finally, if none of these things appeals to
me, I can always continue to be a teakettle."