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THE HOLY BOOK OF UNIVERSAL TRUTHS,
K. U. P.


(Kimball's Unauthorized Perversion)





Teaching a Horse to Talk


Every day something unexpected happens, and that often reminds me of this story:

Once upon a time a man was accused of a crime. For the purposes of the story, it doesn't matter what he did. The king of that land sentenced the man to death, and he pleaded for his life, offering to teach the king's horse to talk if he would be spared. The king agreed; if the accused could teach the horse to talk in two years, he would be pardoned. Otherwise, the original sentence would be carried out.

Sometime after that, the man's best friend asked him why he made a promise he couldn't keep, and why he was acting so cheerful about the whole business. The would-be horse teacher said, "A lot can happen in two years. The king could die. I could die. Or the horse could talk."


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