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The Golden Screw

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Many years ago, a young boy was born without a belly button. In its place was a golden screw.

All of the doctors who examined the boy told his mother that there was nothing they could do. Like it or not, he was stuck with the golden screw instead of a belly button.

Well, as you might imagine, all through the long years of growing up, life was real tough on the boy. Everyone who saw the screw would make fun of him.

As a result, when he reached adulthood the young man avoided ever leaving his house and thus, never made any friends.

One day, a mysterious stranger happened to see the golden screw in his belly and told him of a swami in Tibet that could get rid of the screw for him.

The young man was thrilled and the very next day he took all of his life’s savings and bought a airplane ticket to Nepal.

After several days of climbing up steep cliffs, struggling along windy rugged mountain paths, and sleeping under the stars, he came upon a giant Monastery.

The swami not only knew to expect him, he also knew exactly why he had come.

The young man 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 young man immediately climbed hundreds of steps to the top of the highest tower in the monastery, went to the room as he was told, 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 screw-driver removed the screw from his belly and disappeared out the window.

The next morning when the boy woke, he saw the golden screw laying on the pillow next to him.

Reaching down, he felt his navel, and miraculously there was no screw there!

Jubilant, so happy to be rid of the golden screw, he leaped out of bed, and his butt fell off.

Now, as so often happens at the end of stories like this, we come to the moral of this story, which is:

“Don’t screw around with things you don’t understand —- you could lose your ass!”

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