submitted by Mark
A funny story circulated recently about Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle, creator of the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
Doyle evidently told of a time when he climbed into a taxi cab
in Paris. Before he could utter a word, the driver turned to him
and asked, "Where can I take you, Mr. Doyle?"
Doyle was flabbergasted. He asked the driver if he had ever
seen him before.
"No, sir," the driver responded, "I have never seen you before."
Then he explained: "This morning's paper had a story about
you being on vacation in Marseilles. This is the taxi stand
where people who return from Marseilles always come to.
Your skin color tells me you have been on vacation. The ink-
spot on your right index finger suggests to me that you are a
writer. Your clothing is very English, and not French. Adding
up all those pieces of information, I deduced that you are Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle."
"This is truly amazing!" the writer exclaimed. "You are a
real-life counter-part to my fictional creation, Sherlock
"There is one other thing," the driver said.
"What is that?"
"Your name is on the front of your suitcase."