Some joke I found in a fanfiction… Kudos to jAnon of fanfiction.net…
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson were going camping. I don’t know where, let’s say they were taking a nice little trip in the country somewhere. It’s not important.
They pitch their tent under the stars and go to sleep. Sometime in the middle of the night, Holmes wakes Watson. ‘Watson, look up at the sky and tell me, what do you see?’
Watson replies, ‘Why, I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes old fellow.’
Sherlock Holmes answers, ‘And what do you deduce from that?’
Watson thinks for a bit. He’s determined to give Holmes an answer that’s going to hit it right on the head. For once in his life, he won’t hear his friend say somethin’ along the lines of ‘elementary, my dear Watson,’ the phrase is getting a bit stale.
He thinks and thinks and he can feel his brain spinnin’ its gears and the grey cells chuggin’ away. Eureka! He has an epiphany. This is surely the answer Holmes is looking for.
‘It’s quite simple, Holmes. If there are millions of stars, and if even a few of those have planets, then it’s quite likely that there are some planet that resemble earth, simply due to the laws of probability. And if there are a few earth like extraterrestrial bodies, then we might also speculate the existence of life on those planets.’
Haha! he thinks, triumphant. I’ve got him now. He give himself a little pat on the back. Well done, Watson old boy, well done.
But Holmes says, ‘I’m afraid I have no idea what you’re going on about, my dear Watson. The fact that we are able to see the stars simply means that someone has stolen our tent.’