The Electric Chair
Chemist Hanzo, Astrophysicist Frost and an Electrical Engineer Saito had all been sentenced to death and were on death row waiting to go to the electric chair.
Finally, the day had come. Hanzo the chemist was due to go first.
As he strapped him in, the Jack Ketch asked him, “Do you have anything you want to say?”
Hanzo replied, “No, do what you have to do…” so the executioner flicked the switch but nothing happened. According to this State’s law, if an execution attempt fails, the prisoner has to be released. So Hanzo was unstrapped and allowed to walk free.
It was the Astrophysicist Frost’s turn next.
As he was being strapped in, the executioner asked him, “Do you have anything you want to say?”
Frost replied, “No, just get on with it” so the Jack Ketch flicked the switch, but once again nothing happened. So, just like the Chemist, the Astrophysicist was released.
Then the Electrical Engineer Saito was brought forward.
The executioner asked him, “Do you have anything you want to say?”
Saito replied, “Yes. If you swap the brown and the white wires over, you might just make this thing work.”