September 2nd, 2006


Golden Screw

Once upon a time, a young lad was born without a belly button. In its
place was a golden screw. All the doctors told his mother that there was
nothing they could do. Like it or not, he was stuck with it. All the
years of growing up was real tough on him, as all who saw the screw made
fun of him. He avoided ever leaving his house and thus, never made any
friends. One day, a mysterious stranger saw his belly and told him of a
swami in Tibet that could get rid of the screw for him. He was thrilled.
The next day he took all of his life's savings and bought a ticket to

After several days of climbing up steep cliffs, he came upon a giant
monastery. The swami knew exactly why he had come. He was told to sleep
in the highest tower of the monastery and the following day when he
awoke, the screw would have been removed. The man immediately went to
the room and fell asleep. During the night while he slept, a purple fog
floated in an open window, bearing in its mist, a golden screwdriver. In
just moments, the screwdriver removed the screw and disappeared out of
the window.

The next morning when the man woke, he saw the golden screw laying on
the pillow next to him. Reaching down, he felt his navel, and there was
no screw there! Jubilant, he leaped out of bed, but in seconds, his butt
fell off.

The moral to this is "don't screw around with things you don't
understand or you'll lose your ass."
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