Vinni from New York went to apply for a job with a construction outfit in Boston. The boss thought to himself - I'm not hiring that smart-alecky New Yorker, so he decided to set a test for Vinni hoping he wouldn't be able to answer the questions so he could refuse him the job without getting into an argument.
The first question was - "Without using numbers, represent the number 9."
Vinni says, "Dat's easy" and proceeds to draw three trees.
The boss says, "What in the world is that?"
Vinni says, "Tree 'n tree 'n tree makes nine."
"Fair enough" says the boss. "Second question, same rules, but represent 99".
Vinni stares into space for a while, then makes a smudge on each tree. "Der ya go Bub," he says.
The boss scratches his head and asks, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?"
Vinni answers, "Each tree is dirty now, so it's dirty tree 'n dirty tree 'n dirty tree – dat’s 99."
The boss is getting worried he's going to have to hire Vinni so he says, "All right, question number 3. Same rules again, but this time represent the number 100."
Vinni stares into space again, then he shouts, "I got it!"
He makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Der ya are Mac - 100."
The boss looks at Vinni's attempt and thinks, "Ha! got him this time." He then tells Vinni, "Go on, Vinni, you must be crazy if you think that represents a 100."
Vinni leans forward and points to the little marks at the tree bases and says...
"A little dog comes along and craps by each tree, so now ya got -
dirty tree an' a turd, dirty tree an' a turd, and dirty tree an' a turd, which makes 100.
Bada bing, bada boom, so when do I fricken start?!"