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"Wanna Buy A Tie?"

A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was plodding through the Afghanistan desert when he saw something far off in the distance.  Hoping to find water, he walks toward the object, only to find a little old man sitting at a card table with neckties laid out on it.

The Taliban asks, "My thirst is killing me!  Do you have water?"

The old man replies, "I have no water.  Would you like to buy a tie?  They are only $150.  This one goes very nicely with your robes."

The Taliban shouts, "Idiot!  I do not need an overpriced tie.  I need water, you moron!"

"OK! OK!," says the old man, "it does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie.  I will show you that you have not offended me.  If you walk over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant.  Go!  Walk that way!  The restaurant has all the water you need!"

The Taliban staggers away toward the hill and eventually disappears, stumbling over the tops of the sand dunes.

Four hours later the Taliban, his clothes in rags and his swollen tongue hanging out of his sunburned lips, comes crawling back to where the old man is sitting at his table.

The old man says, "I told you, about two miles over that hill.  Could you not find the lovely restaurant?"

"I found it all right," rasps the Taliban.  "Your stupid brother won't let me in without a tie!"

James Odle, Jr.

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