During a class of calculus

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    During a class of calculus my lecturer suddenly checked himself and
    stared intently at the table in front of him for a while. Then he
    looked up at us and explained that he thought he had brought six piles
    of papers with him, but "no matter how he counted" there was only five
    on the table. Then he became silent for a while again and then told
    the following story:

    "When I was young in Poland I met the great mathematician Waclaw
    Sierpinski. He was old already then and rather absent-minded. Once he
    had to move to a new place for some reason. His wife wife didn't trust
    him very much, so when they stood down on the street with all their
    things, she said:

    - Now, you stand here and watch our ten trunks, while I go and get a

    She left and left him there, eyes somewhat glazed and humming
    absently. Some minutes later she returned, presumably having called
    for a taxi. Says Mr Sierpinski (possibly with a glint in his eye):

    - I thought you said there were ten trunks, but I've only counted to

    - No, they're TEN!

    - No, count them: 0, 1, 2, ..."

    Kai-Mikael, Royal Inst. of Technology, Stockholm, SWEDEN


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