The " Mule" Story
Version by " Laughing" Larry Berger
A farmer goes into the tavern and gets drunk. When drunk, the farmers tongue likes to wag and he starts bragging about his smart and obedient mule. " He does everything I tell him to! He can count, he can read, he can dance, anything I tell him to."
So time passes and a well dressed young man comes up to the farmer . He says " I'm a banker by trade. I'll bet you $10,000 that you can't make your mule do a damned thing. You win, I'll cut you a check, I win your farm is mine what do you Say?"
The Farmer Says" You're on!You got a car? Good, you drive! Anyone who wants to come as a witness is welcome to follow us to the farm too. "
A short while later the Farmer and the Banker and about half the taverns patrons and the tavern owner show up at the farm. The farmer leads everybody to the barn and opens the door " There's my mule . ain't he a beauty?" Everyone comes in and looks at the Mule. the mule just stands there.
The farmer looks over in the corner, smiles. walks over and picks up a 2by4 and smashes it across the mules head so hard it breaks in half. The mule shakes his head and looks the Farmer directly in the eyes. Then the farmer starts talking to the mule, he asks it to count, it does, he holds up a peace of paper with the words "walk in a circle" on it. the mule looks at a minute then walks in a circle. Thus proving the mule can read. The farmer starts to whistle and the mule bucks and shakes his dead clearly dancing to the farmers music. The tavern folk all applaud smiling. The farmer goes to the banker and says" Friend, I think I just won our bet don't about you? The banker takes out his check book and writes the check for $10,000. He hands it to the Farmer. The Farmer puts into his pocket and starts to walk away. The Banker stops him with a hand on his shoulder. the Banker says " Just tell me one thing, why did you hit the mule in the head with the 2by4?"
The Farmer smiles " You know something, I've been pulling this on folks for 10 years now and your the first person who's ever asked why the 2by4. Listen close now and if you comprehend what I tell you that $10,000 you lost in our bet will go down as your best investment ever. I've know for years now that my mule will do what ever tell him to BUT FIRST I HAVE TO GET HIS ATTENTION AND MAKE SURE HE'S LISTENING DON'T I?"