Traveling Statisticians

Two statisticians were travelling in an airplane from LA to New York.
About an hour into the flight, the pilot announced that they had lost an
engine, but don’t worry, there are three left. However, instead of 5 hours
it would take 7 hours to get to New York. A little later, he announced that
a second engine failed, and they still had two left, but it would take 10
hours to get to New York. Somewhat later, the pilot again came on the
intercom and announced that a third engine had died. Never fear, he
announced, because the plane could fly on a single engine. However, it
would now take 18 hours to get to new York. At this point, one statistician
turned to the other and said, “Gee, I hope we don’t lose that last engine,
or we’ll be up here forever!”

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