Consider what happened when a governor's most trusted
assistant died in his sleep one night. The fellow had been
the governor's closest friend, and the governor had
depended on him for advice on every subject, from
pending bills to wardrobe decisions.
Almost immediately, ambitious office seekers begin
besieging the governor with requests to fill the assistant's
"They don't even have the decency to wait until the man is
buried," the governor complains.
Even at the funeral, one eager beaver makes his way to the
governor's side. "Governor," the man says, "is there a
chance that I could take Joe's place?"
"Certainly," says the governor. "But you'd better hurry.
I think the undertaker is almost finished."
A man walks into the market followed by his ten-year-old son. The child is spinning a 10 pence coin in the air and catching it between his teeth. As they walk through the market someone bumps into the boy at just the wrong moment and the coin goes straight into his mouth and lodges in his throat. He immediately starts choking and going blue in the face and Dad starts panicking, shouting and screaming for help.
A middle-aged, fairly unremarkable man in a grey suit is sitting at a coffee bar in the market reading his newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion he looks up, puts his coffee cup down on the saucer, neatly folds his newspaper and places it on the counter. He gets up from his seat and makes his unhurried way across the market.
Reaching the boy (who is still standing, but just barely) the man carefully takes hold of the boy's testicles and squeezes gently but firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the coin, which the man catches in his free hand. Releasing the boy, the man hands the coin to the father and walks back to his seat in the coffee bar without saying a word.
As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no lasting ill effects, the father rushes over to the man and starts effusively thanking him. The man looks embarrassed and brushes off the father's thanks. As the man is about to leave, the father asks one last question: "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before - it was fantastic - what are you, a surgeon or something like that?"
"Oh, good heavens, no", the man replies, "I work for the Income Tax Dept."