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Did She Get the Job?

A female applicant taking a public-service examination had this problem put to her: If a man buys an article for $12.25 and sells it for $9.75, does he gain or lose by the transaction?

The young woman pondered deeply, then answered: "He gains on the cents but loses on the dollars."

Source: J. Braude's Handbook of Humor for All Occasions, 1958, p. 25