The following day, the King’s messenger came to the inn where Pisher was staying and escorted him to the castle for a private audience with the king. “Pisher,” the king asked, “if we were to measure my soldiers to indeed ensure they were all above average, how would we go about doing so?”
Pisher laid out his plan. They would run each soldier through a battery of tests for strength, speed, and endurance. They would add up all the scores for all the soldiers, then divide them by the number of soldiers to get the average score. Any soldier whose score was not above average would be fired from the army and sent home, leaving only the soldiers who were above average.
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