“Have you seen the Helen Keller quarter?” asked my employee.
“Yes,” I replied with a shrug. What had this to do with anything?
He said nothing for a few moments. Then, “There’s a Helen Keller quarter?”
A bizarre turn. “She’s on the Alabama quarter.”
“Helen Keller is on a quarter?”
Now thoroughly confused by this turn of conversation, I said, “What are you on about?”
“I thought it was a joke,” said he. “I would ask, ‘Have you seen the Helen Keller quarter.’ Then you would say you hadn’t, then I would reply, ‘That’s okay, Helen Keller hasn’t either.'”
All I could do was bury my head in my hands.