The priest had been taken over to the Guillotine and was asked if he had any last words. He said 'If I am innocent, let the Lord God Almighty prevent this execution!'
Everybody laughed until the Guillotine failed to come down on three consecutive tries due to a malfunction. So according French law, the priest was set free.
Then the Actuary had to be executed. He climbed the guillotine and calmly laid down his head on the block. Again the very same malfunction occurred on the first two tries, at which point Actuary looked up, examined the guillotine and exclaimed: "I think I see the problem"