Barak Obama and Angela Merkel are shown a time machine which can see 100 years into the future.
They both decide to test it by asking a question each.
Obama goes first. “What will the USA be like in 100 years time?”
The machine whirs and beeps and goes into action and gives a printout.
He reads it out loud: “The country is in good hands under the new president, crime is non-existent, there is no conflict, the economy is healthy. There are no worries.”
Merkel thinks, “This is not bad, this time machine. I’ll have a go, too.”
So she asks, “What will Germany be like in 100 years time?”
The machine whirs and beeps and goes into action, and she gets a printout. But she just stares at it.
“Come on, Angela,” says Obama, “What does it say?”
Mekel replies, “Buggered if I know! It’s all in Arabic!”