Are we ready for a history lesson, Ripley’s fans? The following apocryphal gem needs occasional updating, but no real introduction, at least not for the Americans in our audience:
A young boy decides to push over the outhouse. He does, and then runs laughing from the scene. A couple of hours later, his father confronts him. “Did you push over the outhouse?” he angrily asks.
“I cannot tell a lie, Father. I did.” whereupon the father puts the boy over his knee and and proceeds to give him a terrific thrashing.
“But, Father,” the boy exclaims, “George Washington said the same thing about the cherry tree, and his father didn’t punish him!!”
“George Washington’s father wasn’t in the cherry tree at the time,” his father explains.