The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Laughing Matters

December 16, 2013

I Need Water

A traveler became lost in an unnamed desert. Realizing his only chance for survival was to find civilization, he began walking. Time passed, and he became thirsty. More time passed, and he began feeling faint.

            Reduced to crawling, he was on the verge of passing out when he spied a small shack about 500 meters in front of him. Barely conscious, he reached the shack and called out, "Water! Please, I need water!"

            An old man appeared in the door of the shack and replied sympathetically, "I am sorry, sir, but I have no water. However, would you like to buy a tie?" With this, he brandished a collection of exquisite silken neckwear.

            "You fool," gasped the man. "I'm dying! I need water!"

            "Well, sir," replied the old man, "If you really need water, there is another shack about 2 kilometers south of here where you can get some."

            Without knowing how, the man summoned sufficient strength to drag his parched body the distance to the second tent. With his last ounce of strength he tugged at the door of the second shack and collapsed.

            Another man, looking enough like the old man to be his brother, appeared at the door dressed in a costly tuxedo. Looking down at the crumpled mass at his door, he inquired, "May I help you sir?"

            "Water..." came the feeble reply.

            "Oh, sir," replied the man, "I'm sorry, but you can't come in here without a tie!"

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