Mike and Nick went into a bar, whooping and hollering, and shouted, “Bartender, drinks for everyone. We’re buying!”
“Have they won the lottery, or had a big win at the horse race?” wondered the bartender, and asked, “What’s the occasion?” Nick replied that they had just finished a jigsaw puzzle, and that it had taken them only seven months to finish it.
Puzzled, the bartender asked what they were bragging about. It appeared that the question spoiled the joy Mike and Nick had been entertaining. In their view, what they had done was a glorious achievement. As an explanation of why they should be praised, Mike said, “On the box, it said ‘two to four years.'”
The bartender finally figured out the situation. The “two to four years” written on the box meant that the puzzle was for children between two and four years of age. Mike and Nick had misinterpreted it to mean that the puzzle takes two to four years to finish for the average person. They struggled to complete the puzzle every day, and when they had finally finished it in seven months, they came to the bar to brag about their speedy solution.