There is an unfortunate stereotype regarding intelligence analysts – that we are humourless, data-obsessed and not prone to sparkling conversation. Like all stereotypes, there may be some small element of truth in it, but I will do my best to counter it with the following (analysis based) joke:
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go camping. Sometime in the middle of the night Holmes wakes Watson up.
“Watson, look up at the stars and tell me what you deduce”
Watson says, “I see millions of stars. If even a few of those have planets, it’s quite likely there are some planets like earth. If there are a few planets like earth, there might also be life. What do you deduce, Holmes?”
To which Holmes Replies “I deduce that someone’s stolen our tent!”
I suspect that there’s a serious point in there somewhere about how different people, given the same facts, set off down different analytical pathways, or the ease with which the startlingly obvious and operationally vital tents to get overlooked when we over-analyse.
On the other hand, however, it may just be a good joke…