Subject: You can ride a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead.
A champion jockey is about to enter an important race on a new horse. The
horse's trainer meets him before the race and says, "All you have to
remember with this horse is that every time you approach a jump, you have to
shout, "ALLLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly in the horse's ear. Providing you do
that, you'll be fine".
The jockey thinks the trainer is mad but promises to shout the command. The
race begins and they approach the first hurdle. The jockey ignores the
trainer's ridiculous advice and the horse crashes straight through the
centre of the jump.
They carry on and approach the second hurdle. The jockey, somewhat
embarrassed, whispers "Aleeee ooop" in the horse's ear. The same thing
happens -- the horse crashes straight through the centre of the jump.
At the third hurdle, the jockey thinks, "It's no good, I'll have to do it"
and yells, "ALLLEEE OOOP!" really loudly. Sure enough, the horse sails over
the jump with no problems. This continues for the rest of the race, but due
to the earlier problems the horse only finishes third. The trainer is fuming
and asks the jockey what went wrong. The jockey replies, "Nothing is wrong
with me -- it's this bloody horse. What is he -- deaf or something?"
The trainer replies, "Deaf?? DEAF?? He's not deaf-he's BLIND!"
Correctional and Therapeutic Mayhem Administrator EMERITUS
GLOCK CERTIFIED ARMORER