Steve Templeton in Woodmen of the World Magazine
Left on a sinking ship were the captain and three sailors. The captain spoke first.
"Men, this business about a captain going down with his ship is nonsense. There's a three-man life raft on board and I'm going to be on it. To see who will come with me, I will ask you each one question. The one who can't answer will stay behind. Here's the first question: &ls;What unsinkable ship went down when it hit an iceberg?'
The first sailor answered, "The Titanic, sir."
"On to the next question: How many people perished?"
The second sailor said, "One thousand five hundred and seventeen, sir."
"Now for the third question," and the captain turned to sailor number three. "What were their names?"