Sheer laziness has probably been responsible for more shortcuts, not to mention valuable inventions, than we are ready
to admit. Most of us are continually on the lookout, at least subconsciously, for easier ways to perform onerous or routine
An example of imagination spurred on by outright lethargy is contained in the story of an old mountaineer and his wife who
were sitting in front of the fireplace one evening just whiling away the time.
After a long silence, the wife said: "Jed, I think it's raining. Get up and to outside and see."
The old mountaineer continued to gaze into the fire for a second, sighed, then said, "Aw, Ma, why don't we just call in the
dog and see if he's wet."
Bits & Pieces, April 29, 1993, p. 3.
Some people would do anything to be able to do nothing.
A personnel manager rejected a job applicant because the firm was overstaffed. But the would-be employee persisted, "The little
bit of work I'd do won't even be noticed!"