After their car broke down on a lonely country road, three men sought a
night’s shelter at a farmhouse. The farmer, poor but eager to help them, said
that he only had two beds so one of the three would have to sleep in the barn.
Immediately, one of the travelers, a polite Hindu mathematician, agreed and
left for the barn. A short while later he returned and apologetically explained
that there were cows in the barn and for religious reasons he could not sleep
Another of the guests, a conservative rabbi, volunteered, picked up
his bedding and left for the barn. It wasn’t long before he returned complaining
that the pig in the barn made it impossible for him to sleep there.
The last of the stranded trio, a lawyer, sighed and grudgingly picked up his
bag and shuffled off to the barn.
Soon, there was another knock at the door. When the farmer answered it, there
were the cows and the pig.