Counting Bricks

While visiting the Annapolis Naval Academy, a tourist noticed several students on their hands and knees assessing the courtyard with pencils and clipboards in hand.

“What are they doing?” she asked the tour guide.

“Every year,” the guide replied with a grin, “the upperclassmen ask the freshmen how many bricks it took to finish paving this courtyard.”

Out of earshot of the freshmen, the curious lady asked the guide, “So tell me, what’s the correct answer?”

The guide guide raised an eyebrow and said, “One.”

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