A retiring farmer needed to find a way to get rid of all his farm animals in preparation for selling his land.
The farmer knew that he would only get a fraction of what the animals were worth if he tried to sell them at market, plus it would be a time consuming task to take them there and negotiate the sales.
So he decided instead to go around to every house in his town and to give hos animals away to those who wanted them. To the households where the husband was the boss, he gave a horse. To the households where the wife was the boss, he gave a chicken.
When the farmer arrived at the end of the street, he met a couple who were outside gardening.
“Who’s the boss around here?” the farmer asked.
“I am,” replied the man.
“Well, then, I have a black horse and a brown horse,” the farmer said. “Which one would you like?”
The man thought for a minute and said, “The black one…”
“No, no, no… the brown one,” interrupted the man’s wife.
The farmer shook his head and remarked to the man, “Here’s your chicken.”
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