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Funny Business

In a village in the mountains, a little old man with a beard and a young girl set up a stall in the market place one day, selling bottles of homemade medicine, labelled ‘The Elixir of Life’.
“Come on, everyone!” the old man called out. “Don’t miss your chance to beat ageing. This is your opportunity to buy Archie’s miracle medicine. It’s the only medicine that cures old age. You only have to look at me to see the proof. I’m 250 years old.”
A crowd quickly gathered around the market stall, and the old man and the girl were kept busy handing out the bottle of medicine and taking the money.
There were two younger men in the crowd, and one of them said to the other, ‘You don’t really think he’s genuine, do you?’
“I don’t know. He might be telling the truth. He’s got an honest face.”
“You’ve got to be kidding!” said the other man. “He must be lying. It has to be a trick.”
“Well, why not question his assistant, then, if you don’t believe it?” suggested his friend.
So the man approached the girl and asked. “He can’t really be that old, can he? That’s completely ridiculous. Tell me the truth, is he really two hundred and five years old?”
“I’m sorry, sir, but I can’t really say,” the girl replied, “I’ve only been working for him for 75 years.”

A guy walks into a bar looking frustrated. The bartender asks, "What's the matter?"
The guy replies, "Well I've got these two horses and I can't tell them apart. I don't know if I'm mixing up riding times or even feeding them the right foods."
The bartender suggests, "Why don't you try shaving the tail of one of the horses?" The guy says, "That sounds like a good idea, I think I'll try it."
A few months later, he returns to the bar in worse condition. "I shaved the tail of one of the horses, but it grew back and I can't tell them apart again!"
The bartender says, "Why don't you try shaving the mane?"
A few months later the guy is back. "I shaved the mane of one of the horses, but it grew back!"
The bartender yells, "Just measure the damn horses. Perhaps one is slightly taller that the other one!" The guy storms out of the bar.
The next day, the guy runs into the bar. "It worked, it worked!" he exclaims. "I measured the horses, and the black one is two inches taller than the white one

A young man finally got a job at the Post Office. He was full of energy and eager to please. The supervisor agreed to work with the new employee, even though he had been warned that he was still immature and knew nothing of the job.
The first job the supervisor gives the young man is in sorting, and much to everyone's surprise, the new employee separated the letters so fast that his motions were literally a blur.
The supervisor was very pleased and asked the young man to come into his office at the end of the day.
He said, "I just want you to know that we are all very proud of you.
You're one of the fastest workers we have ever had."
The humble young man said, "Thank you, sir. And tomorrow, I'll try to do even better."
"Better?" the supervisor asked with astonishment. "How can you possibly do better?"
The young man smiled proudly and said, "Tomorrow, I am going to read the addresses.


“You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills.”

- Jim Rohn