The Tie Salesman

A fleeing Taliban terrorist,  desperate for water, was plodding

through  the Afghan desert when he saw something far off in the  distance.

Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the 

mirage,  only to find a very frail  old Jewish man standing at a  small
makeshift  display rack - selling ties.

The Taliban terrorist asked, "Do you  have water?"

The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you  like to buy a tie?
They  are only $5."

The Taliban shouted hysterically, "Idiot Infidel! I  do not need such  an over-priced western adornment - I spit on your  ties.
I  need water!”

"Sorry, I have none - just ties - pure silk - and  only $5."

"Pahh! A curse on your ties, I should wrap  one around your scrawny
little  neck and choke the life out of you but... I must conserve my  energy and  find water!"

"Okay," said the little old Jewish man, “It does not  matter that you do
not  want to buy a tie from me or that you hate me, threaten my life  and
call  me infidel. I will show you that I am bigger than any of that. If  you

continue  over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find  a
restaurant.  It has the finest food and all the ice-cold water you  need...
Go  In Peace."

Cursing him again, the desperate Taliban staggered  away over the hill. 

Several hours later he  crawled back, almost dead and gasped...


"They won't let me in  without a  tie!”