Farmer Joe and Bessie
Farmer Joe was suing a trucking company for injuries sustained in an accident.
In court, the company's fancy lawyer was questioning Farmer Joe.
"Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine. '?" asked the lawyer.
Farmer Joe responded, "Well, I'll tell you what happened. I had just loaded
my favorite mule, Bessie, into the... "
"I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted," Just answer the question.
Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine .'?"
Farmer Joe continued, "Well, I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I was
driving down the road... "
The lawyer interrupted again and said, "Judge, I am trying to establish the fact
that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman that he
was just fine. Now, several months after the accident, he is suing my client. I
believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."
But the judge was interested in Farmer Joe's story and said to the lawyer,
"I'd like to hear what he has to say about his mule, Bessie."
Joe thanked the judge and proceeded. "Well, as I was saying, I had just loaded
Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when
this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the
"I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real
bad and didn't want to move. However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning.
I knew she was in terrible shape just by her sounds.
"Shortly after the accident, a highway patrolman came on the scene. He could hear
Bessie's groans so he went over to her. After he looked at her, he took out his gun
and shot her between the eyes. Then the patrolman came across the road with his
gun in his hand and looked at me.
"He said, 'Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you