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|Farmer John and the DOT
Farmer John lived on a quiet rural highway. But, as time went by, the
traffic built-up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so fast
that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.
So one day Farmer John called the DOT office and said, 'You've got to do
something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my
'What do you want us to d o?' asked the official.
'I don't care,' said Farmer John. 'Just do something about these crazy
drivers!' So the next day, DOT workers went out and erected a sign that
said, SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING.
Three days later Farmer John called the DOTand said, 'You've got to do
something about these drivers. The school crossing sign seems to make them
go even faster.' So, again, the DOT sends out workers and they put up a
new sign that said, SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY.
But that sped them up even more! So Farmer John kept calling, and the DOT
kept changing the signs.
Finally, Farmer John said to the DOT official, 'Your signs are doing no
good. Can I put up my own sign?' The official was ready to let Farmer John
do just about anything in order to get him to stop calling every day. He
said, 'Sure thing, put up your own sign.' And after that, the DOT got no
more calls from Farmer John.
Three weeks later, curiosity got the best of the DOT official and he
decided to give Farmer John a call. 'Hows the problem with those drivers?
Did you put up your sign?'
'Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since then. I've got
to go. I'm very busy.' He hung up the phone.
The official was really curious now and he thought to himself 'Id better go
out there and take a look at that sign... it might be something that WE
could use to slow down drivers...' So the DOT official drove out to Farmer
Johns house, and his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign. It was
spray-painted on a sheet of wood:
NUDIST COLONY-Go slow and watch out for the chicks
"Behind every great fortune lies a great crime."
Honore de Balzac
"Democrats work to help people who need help.
That other party, they work for people who don't need help.
That's all there is to it."
~Harry S. Truman