Engineer in Hell
A mechanical engineer died and went to heaven. Upon arrival Saint Peter checked “THE BOOK” and didn’t find his name, so he informed the engineer that he must get on the elevator and go downstairs.
Reluctantly the engineer boarded the elevator for the long trip downstairs and upon arrival in hell found that he was very uncomfortable due to the excessive heat. He asked to see the devil and was granted an interview, at which time he requested a large of materials with which to build an air conditioner. The devil replied that he could have anything he wished, and what he couldn’t find, they would steal. So the engineer spent a month and a half building an air conditioner, which, when completed, cooled hell off only a few degrees.
Somewhat unsatisfied the engineer requested additional materials, with which he spent another month and a half building a sprinkler system to add to the cooling effect of his air conditioner. Hell was getting much cooler now and folks were beginning to almost enjoy it.
About a month later the red phone rang. The devil answered, and found that God was on the other end of the line.
“Remember that mechanical engineer we sent down about 4 months ago?” God queried.
“Hell yes, I remember!” said the devil.
“Well, Saint Peter missed that man’s name on the last page of our book because the page was stuck to the one in front of it. So I want you to send the engineer back upstairs, as is our agreement. If they’re on THE BOOK, then they stay up here and if not, they go downstairs!” God exclaimed.
“I’ll be damned if you’re going to get that engineer back. He’s put in an air conditioner and a sprinkler system down here and folks are almost happy to be here. I expect that when some folks hear about this they may begin to request to be sent downstairs!” said the devil.
“Now look here! We have an agreement! In THE BOOK—upstairs and not in THE BOOK—downstairs!! If you don’t send that engineer back right away I believe I’ll have to sue you!!!” shouted God.
“And just where do you think you’ll get an attorney?” replied the devil laughing.