So my career is basically working in a technical role in industrial environments. Sometimes, I look at water treatment for water being drawn from a river or lake for operations. As a part of this, at a previous job, I received a call one day in the summer from an accounting beancounter
Beancounter: "Why are we using so much more chemical now than we were a few weeks ago?"
Me: "Well, it's been raining out hard. So when it rains, we get more runoff into the river. Little particles of dirt and so on. And it stirs up the riverbed as well a little. So we need to use more polymer to capture all that extra runoff. But polymer drops the pH of our water, so we need to add sodium hydroxide to bring the pH back up some."
Beancounter: "Well, can't we do something about that?
Me: "...I just explained to you, it's raining, so we need more chemicals because of that."
Beancounter: "No, I mean, can't we do something about the rain?"
At that point, I was just slackjawed for a few seconds, before my ability to snark kicked in, and in my most deadpan tone:
Me: "If I could control the rain, I wouldn't be making five figures here. I'd be working in southern California, where I am sure they'd be more than happy to pay somebody billions of dollars a year if he could control the rain and get rid of their droughts and wildfires."
At that point, he had the decency to realise just how stupid that question was, and quickly wrapped up the conversation