A large, two-engine train was making it's way across America.
While crossing the Rocky mountains, one of the engines broke
down. "No problem, said the engineer. "We can surely make it
to Denver and we'll get a replacement engine there." And so
he carried on at half power. But, a bit further down the line
the other engine broke down. The train came to a standstill
in the middle of nowhere.
The engineer needed to inform the passengers about why
the train had stopped. In the first car of passengers he
announced, "I have some bad news. The bad news is that
both engines have failed, and we will be stuck here for
some time until the additional engines arrive. Passengers
became very upset and noisy. Benny Rubins, a nice old
Jewish rebbe who always tried to look on the bright side
of things, took the train engineer aside and said, "Young
man, in the next cars made the following announcement,
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I have some good news and some
bad news. The good news is that you didn't take this trip
in a plane!" Then you tell them about the engines failing.
Rubins' was right again! The other passengers laughed
and with that they were much more relaxed than the