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A young, well-educated man on a business trip gets on the plane to
find himself seated next to an older, weathered man in a western snap
shirt, faded jeans and a cowboy hat. Thinking himself above the old
cowboy, the young man decides to make sport of him.

“You know,” he says, “I’ve heard these flights go more quickly if
you strike up a conversation with a fellow passenger. So, let’s talk.”

The cowboy looks at him wryly and says, “Well I s’pose that’d be
all right. What would you like to discuss?”

“Oh, I don’t know, “says the young man with a hint of sarcasm, “How
about nuclear proliferation?”

“Hmm,” says the cowboy, sensing the young man’s attempt to belittle
him, “That could be an interesting topic. But, let me ask you a question
first –horses, cows, and deer all eat the same stuff — grass. Yet, a
deer passes little pellets, a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse
makes muffins of dried poop. Why do you suppose that is?”

Dumbfounded, the young man replies, “I haven’t the slightest idea.”

So tell me then,” says the cowboy with a smile, “How is it that you
feel qualified to discuss nukes when you don’t know sh*t?”


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