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    A Gold Medal For Meddling With Time

    | Vancouver, Canada |

    (I work for a network that is hosting the 2010 Olympic games. The network is selling a DVD pack of Olympic highlights that people can order now, and will be sent to them when the Olympics have finished.)

    Me: “Hello and thanks for calling. How may I help you?”

    Caller: “Hi, I saw the ad on TV about the Olympic DVD pack you’re selling, and I’d like to order one. I was wondering if I could get them shipped to me by Friday. My son’s birthday is on Saturday.”

    Me: “Sir, the Olympics don’t end until Sunday.”

    Caller: “So, what’s the problem?”

    Me: “You’re asking to have them shipped to you two days before the Olympics end. And even after the Olympics are over, I’m sure it’s going to take some time to get all of the packages made and shipped.”

    Caller: “So you can’t have them here by Friday?”

    Me: “Sir, there is no way to get them to you by Friday because the Olympics don’t end until Sunday.”

    Caller: “That’s ridiculous! Now what are we supposed to get Johnny? Isn’t there any way they can get all the Olympics done before Friday?”