# Fun_People Archive 12 AprSolving the Farmer's Problem

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 100 13:22:22 -0700
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Subject: Solving the Farmer's Problem

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One day, a farmer was in town picking up supplies for his farm. He stopped
by the hardware store and picked up a bucket and an anvil, and then stopped
by the livestock dealer to buy a couple of chickens and a goose.

Looking at all his purchases, the farmer said "How am I going to carry all
of this home?"  The livestock dealer said, "Simple.  You can put the anvil
in the bucket, carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm,
and carry the goose in your other hand."  "Hey, thanks!" said the farmer,
and off he went.

While walking along, the farmer met a fair lady.  She admitted she was
lost, and asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 1515 Mockingbird Lane?"
The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, I'm going to visit my brother
at 1616 Mockingbird Lane. Let's take a shortcut and go down this alley.
We'll save a lot of time getting there."

The fair lady said, "But how do I know that when we get in to the alley
you won't hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt and ravish me?"
The farmer said, "I am carrying a bucket, an anvil, 2 chickens, and a goose.
How in the world could I possibly hold you up against the wall and ravish
you?" The fair lady said, "Simple.  Set the goose down, put the bucket over
the goose, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I can hold the chickens."

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