in journalism. His first assignment for the newspaper that hired him
was to write a human-interest story. Being from Arkansas, he went
back to the country to do his research. He went to an old farmer's
house way back in the hills, introduced himself and proceeded to
explain to him why he was there.
The young man asked, "What's the most exciting thing that ever
happened around here?"
The farmer thought for a minute and said, " One time one of my
neighbor's sheep got lost. We formed a posse and found it. Then we
all screwed it and took it back home."
"I can't print that!" the young man exclaimed. "Can you think of
anything else exciting that happened?"
After another moment, the farmer said, "Yeah, one time my neighbor's
daughter, a good looking girl, got lost. We formed a big posse that
time and found her. After we all screwed her, we took her back home."
Again, the young man said "I can't print that either. Okay let try
something else. What's the most terrible thing that ever happened
The old farmer dropped his head and after a few seconds looked up
timidly at the young man and said, "I got lost once."