Old Farmer & His Mule
An old farmer had a horrible mother-in-law
who nagged him mercilessly. From morning till
night (and sometimes later), she was always
complaining about something.
The only time he got any relief was when he
was out plowing with his old mule. He tried
to plow a lot. One day, when he was out plowing,
his mother-in-law brought him lunch in the field.
He drove the old mule into the shade, sat down
on a stump, and began to eat his lunch. Immediately,
his mother-in-law began haranguing him again.
Complain, nag, nag; it just went on and on.
All of a sudden, the old mule lashed out with
both hind feet; caught her smack in the back of
the head. Killed her dead on the spot. At the
funeral several days later, the minister noticed
something rather odd. When a woman mourner would
approach the old farmer, he would listen for a
minute, then nod his head in agreement; but when
a man mourner approached him, he would listen for
a minute, then shake his head in disagreement.
This was so consistent, the minister decided to
ask the old farmer about it. So after the funeral,
the minister spoke to the old farmer, and asked him
why he nodded his head and agreed with the women,
but always shook his head and disagreed with all
The old farmer said: "Well, the women would come
up and say something about how nice she looked,
or how pretty her dress was, so I'd nod my head
"And what about the men?" the minister asked.
"They wanted to know if the mule was for sale."
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