had five female pigs and, as times were tough, he had determined to
take them to the county fair and sell them. While at the fair he met
another farmer who owned five male pigs. After talking a bit, they
decided to mate the pigs and split everything 50/50.
Now the farmers lived sixty miles
away from one another, so they each agreed to drive thirty miles and
find a field in which to mate their pigs.
The first morning, the farmer with
the female pigs got up at 5 a.m., loaded the pigs into the family
station wagon (which was the only vehicle they had) and drove the
While the pigs were mating, he asked
the other farmer, "How will I know if they are pregnant?"
The other farmer replied, "If
they're in the grass grazing in the morning, then they're pregnant,
but if they're rolling in the mud, then they're not."
The next morning they were rolling
in the mud, so he hosed them off, called the other farmer, loaded them
again into the family station wagon and proceeded to try again.
The following morning, in the mud
again! And the next morning, MUD again! This continued all week until
the farmer was so tired that he couldn't get out of bed.
He called to his wife, "Honey,
please look outside and tell me if the pigs are in the mud or in the
The wife looked out the window and
then yelled back, "Neither, they're in the station wagon and one
of them is honking the horn."