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It was January 17, 2005 , and three cadets are training to become police detectives. The sergeant
decides to test their were skill at recognizing a suspect. He shows the first cadet a picture for five
seconds and then hides it. Then he says, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize
him?”
“That’s easy, answered the cadet. “We would find him fast because he only has one eye.
The sergeant thinks a minute and then answered, “Well that’s because the picture I showed you
is a profile. It shows only a side view.” He can’t believe the cadet had given him such a
ridiculous answer, but he goes on to the second cadet. Flashing the picture for five seconds to
him. Again, he asks, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?”
The second cadet smiled and says, “It would be easy to catch because he has only one ear!”
The police sergeant shakes his head in disbelief. Then angrily responded, “What’s the matter
with you two? Of course, only one eye and one ear are showing, it’s a picture of his profile! Was
that the best answer you can come up with?!”
Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the 3rd cadet and in a very testy voice
asked, “This is your suspect. How would you recognize him?” He quickly adds, “Think hard
before giving me a stupid answer.”
The cadet looks at the picture intently for a moment. Then she said, “The suspect wears contact
lenses.”
The sergeant is speechless. He goes to his office checked the suspect‘s file on his computer and
comes back. He is beaming. “It’s true! The suspect does indeed wear contact lenses. Tell us how
you were able to make such an astute observation!
“It was easy,” said the cadet. “He can’t wear glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”

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