Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Saturday, December 1


The hump of summer had been passed, autumn lay close around the corner, and the tribe asked their new chief if the coming winter was going to be bitter or mild. But the new chief had grown up in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, all he saw was clouds. Nevertheless, just to be safe, he replied that yes, the winter was indeed going to be very cold and that they should all collect wood to be prepared. But being also a practical and responsible leader, he called up the National Weather Service to ask if the coming winter would be cold. Yes, the meteorologist there answered, it looked like the coming winter was going to be quite cold indeed. So the chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.

A week later he checked back with the National Weather Service: "Is it going to be a very cold winter?"

"Yes," the meteorologist again replied, "it is going to be a very cold winter." So the chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find.

Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again. "Are you absolutely certain that the winter is going to be very cold?"

"Absolutely," the meteorologist replied, "it is going to be one of the coldest winters ever."

"How can you be so sure?"

"The Indians are collecting wood like crazy!"


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