Jay Noober (the supervisor), and Thomas Buckell (the African American), were in Poland to negotiate a deal with a major hardware components company. The potential contract, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, was nearing completion, based on the success of a critical presentation outlining the benefits of the new partnership. This presentation was to occur on Tuesday.
Unfortunately for Jay, a freak accident Monday evening (whereby he fell of his 15th floor hotel balcony, bounced off a canopy and into oncoming traffic. At this time there’s no evidence to suggest drugs, alcohol, or foul play-only clumsiness.) nearly derailed the deal. He was rushed to the local emergency room where hope for a recovery for the 9 am meeting the following morning seemed remote. Jay, aside from being fluent in Polish, was the only one on the team that knew how to operate the highly detailed PowerPoint presentation (the “secret sauce”, he called it) that was the meeting’s centerpiece.
Seeing his chance for early retirement disappear, Thomas literally sacrificed his body so that his colleague could make the presentation. “There’s no way in hell I’m going to let this idiot’s accident get in the way of my cruise around the world. My wife and I planned this for years. The kids are grown and now it’s time for me.”
An emergency surgical unit was flown in from Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters and, with only an hour to spare, managed to successfully swap heads. Jay, a little woozy from the trauma and anesthesia, still managed to seal the deal. He also played a little basketball at a local park. “I always dreamed of this!”, he was reported to have said after performing a Jordanesque dunk. The surgical team then re-attached his head to his now fully recovered original body.Thomas, when he opened his eyes after rejoining his body, was reported to have said, “Did they sign the contract? Good. Now where’s my money?” Further details on this story can be found here.
* Relax, it’s only a joke.