The travelling salesman’s conundrum.

Tallis Steelyard

I have been told that men are bad at taking hints. I have been present where we have discussed this sort of thing, and one school of thought points out that a hint is not an instruction. It is an intimation, a suggestion, and is always vague. The members of this school pointed out that in the real world, vague orders are not orders are all, and if issued by a superior should be queried. This questioning is a matter of simple self-defence. If you obey these vague orders and fail, then it is obviously your fault because you didn’t obey your orders properly. If on the other hand the orders are detailed and you obey them in both letter and spirit and still fail, some of the blame can be pushed back up the chain of command to your superiors. So in their eyes, the male inability to take…

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