this conversation happened close to 12am . the scene - me & my 2 roomies at their lab, where i'm supposedly working on my thesis while they work on theirs. we decide to take a break to get a drink from a vending machine.3 cans and $2.25 later we are walking back. one roomie has his can open, other roomie and i are struggling hard to get our cans open. thirsty and lazy, we hand our cans over to him. he opens both with relative ease. i start referring to an age old joke
me : you got it open cos of the shri ram factor
roomie1 : whats that
me : roomie2 and i'd already put a lot of effort trying to open it and we gave up just before we could get it open. all you did was put a little more effort into it and got it to open
roomie1 : so what is the shri ram factor
me : in sita's swayamvara, all those other kings tried breaking the bow one by one and successively increased the stress on the bow. when shri ram finally stepped up, the bow was almost broken. all he had to do was touch it and it crumbled instantly
roomie1 : the point is why did shri ram's turn come only towards the end after all the others?
me : maybe they were going in the alphabetic order..i mean "s" does come towards the end of the alphabet right ?
roomie2 : so they already knew english during the time of ramayana ?
at last count each of us had a masters degree in engineering