Three tourists were traveling in South America - an Irishman,
a Frenchman, and a blonde American. They found themselves
in a bar in a small Latin American country that was ruled by a
strict dictator. As luck would have it, they got into an argument
and a bar fight soon started. The local military police arrived
and arrested them.
At their trial before a tribunal, they learned their luck was even
worse than they had thought. The bar was owned by the brother
of the dictator. The three of them were promptly sentenced to
five years in solitary confinement.
Before they were taken away to prison, the judge said, "You are
foreigners to our country. I will grant you each one favor. You may
choose one item to help you pass the time in our prison. What do
you wish for?"
The Irishman asked for a five year's supply of fine Irish whiskey.
The Frenchman asked for a five year's supply of fine French wine.
The blonde American requests a five year's supply of cigarettes.
The judge grants all three requests. The three were led off to
prison and thrown into individual cells down in the dark, damp
basement of the prison.
Five years later they were let out one by one. First the Irishman
was released. He staggered out, drunk, barely able to stand, and
quickly stumbled out of the prison without saying a word. The
Frenchman was released next. He swaggered out, rather drunk
himself, and walked out into freedom. The blonde American was
He stepped out into freedom and said, "Does anyone have a