An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman were all without tickets for the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, but hoped to be able to talk their way in at the gate.
Security was very tight, however and each of their attempts to gain entry to the games was met with a stern refusal by the stewards.
While wandering around outside the stadium, the Englishman came across a construction site, which gave him an idea.
Grabbing a length of scaffolding, he presented himself at the gate and said, “I’m Johnson, the pole vault”.
The person on the gate took a good look at the Englishman and waved him on in.
The Scotsman, overhearing this and taking note of what happened, went at once to search the construction site as well.
When he found a sledge hammer, he went back to the stadium where he presented himself at the gate and said, “McTavish, the hammer.” He was also admitted.
The Irishman also saw what the other two had done and he combed the construction site for an hour without success.
He was nearly ready to give up when he spotted his ticket to get into the Olympic Games.
Seizing a roll of barbed wire, he presented himself at the gate and announced, “O’Sullivan, fencing”.
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