Illusion of control

Every day, shortly before nine o’clock, a man with a red hat stands in a square and begins to wave his cap around wildly. After five minutes he disappears.

One day, a policeman comes up to him and asks: “What are you doing?”

“I’m keeping the giraffes away.”

“But there aren’t any giraffes here.”

“Well, I must be doing a good job then.”

– taken from Rolf Dobelli’s book ‘The art of thinking clearly’

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