A violinist is walking on the beach one day when he comes across a lamp. He gives it a rub and out pops a genie. “Thank you for releasing me,” says the genie. “I am not the most powerful genie, so I’m afraid I can only offer to grant one wish.”

Without missing a beat (!), the violinist says, “I’d like there to be peace in the Middle East.”

The genie, having been in a lamp for several centuries, asks him to explain. The violinist pulls out a map and details the situation at length.

“Euhhh,” says the genie, “that sounds pretty complicated; I don’t know if I can pull it off. Do you have a second choice?”

The violinist thinks for a few seconds. “Well, I’d like to be the concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic.”

The genie says, “Let me take a look at that map again…”