Here's a new riddle:
The year is 1880. A man walks into a busy, noisy office to apply for a job. He fills out the necessary paperwork and is told to sit with the other job applicants and wait until he is called. A few minutes later, he gets up and goes into another room. Someone greets him and tells him, "Congratulations. You have the job!" The other job applicants are upset, because they arrived earlier than this man, yet he was offered the job for a good reason. Why did he get the job?
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