At a military school, the cadets sat with an upper classman at meals. The rule at the school was that the upper classman would receive the dessert tray and immediately pass it on to the cadets so they could each first take their dessert and the upper classman would take the last one. One clever upper classman would receive the tray and stick his thumb into the largest dessert and declare, “This one is mine”, before passing it around. One day, the cadets decided to teach him a lesson. The dessert tray came and he stuck his thumb into the largest treat and declared, “This one is mine!” As the tray was passed around, each of the cadets stuck their thumb into the same dessert and declared, “This one is his!”
I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve always loved that story.