There was a phone company that was going to hire one team of telephone pole installers, and the boss had to choose between a team of two Scottish workers and a team of two Irish blokes.
So the boss met with both teams and said: "Here's what we'll do. Each team will be installing poles out on the new road for a day. The team that installs the most phone poles gets the job."
Both teams went right out and started.
At end of the shift, Robert and Bruce, the Scottish workers came back and the boss asked them how many they had installed. They said that it was tough going, but they'd put in twelve.
Forty-five minutes later, Pat and Mike, the Irish team came back in and they were both totally exhausted.
The boss asked, "Well, how many poles did you blokes install?"
Pat, the team leader, wiped his brow and sighed, "Mike and me, we got three in."
The boss gasped, "Three? Those two Scottish lads put in twelve!"
"Yeah," said Pat, "but theirs are rubbish - you should see how much they left stickin' out of the ground!"