Polish engineers try to change the perception that Poles are considered dumb.
A group of the Polish engineers got together and approached some Americans, Germans, and Japanese to ask them for help about this misconception of Polish intelligence.
An American scientist replied, “You must do something so the world will respect you. The Japanese are known for their technology, while the German’s resourcefulness is world-renown. We Americans are respected since we helped win two World Wars. You need to accomplish a feat that will stand out and make the Polish people world-famous for their intelligence.”
A German intellectual added,” Yes, he’s right. Why don’t you find a place in this world in need of a bridge that no one has dared build, then build it. When it is completed come back to us, and we will help publicize it.”
With that, the Polish engineers set on their way to build their bridge to fame.
They designed and worked on it six months, until the construction was totally done.
Then they reported their marvelous feat to the group.
The bridge was a beautiful piece of engineering mastery, but it had one flaw: the Polish engineers erected it in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
An American said, “No, that will never do and people will only say that is why you have your reputation of being dumb. There is no need for a bridge in the middle of the desert. Dismantle it and find a more strategic spot for it.”
The Polish engineers returned to the conference two weeks later.
One of the Japanese said, “Two weeks! It only took you two weeks to take apart the bridge and build a new one? That is amazing!”
To which a Polish engineer replied, “Well, not exactly. When we returned to the bridge we couldn’t move it because there were Italians fishing off it.”