A Mathematician is given a psychological test.

The first question asked “You see a burning house and a hose disconnected from a fire hydrant. What do you do?” After much deliberation, the Mathematician decides he would attach the hose to the hydrant. He is then asked “You see a non-burning house and a hose disconnected from a fire hydrant. What do you do?” to which the Mathematician immediately responds, “I’ll set the house of fire to reduce this to a problem I’ve already solved.”

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