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Not strictly related to fishing, but quite amusing...

Once upon a time there was a king who wanted to go fishing.

He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather

forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was

no chance of rain in the coming days.

So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen. On the way he met a

farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, "Your Majesty,

you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I

expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area".

The king was polite and considerate, he replied: "I hold the palace

meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced

professional. And besides, I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very

different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way." So he

continued on his way.

However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King

and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them

in such a shameful condition. Furious, the king returned to the palace and

gave the order to fire the professional.

Then he summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying

role of royal forecaster. The farmer said, "Your Majesty, I do not know

anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey.

If I see my donkey's ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will


So the king hired the donkey. And thus began the practice of hiring dumb

asses to work in the government and occupy its highest and most influential


And the practice is unbroken to this day..

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