An Englishman, an American and a Frenchman find an ancient oil lamp, give it a rub and out pops a genie (Bet you didn't see that one coming!)
After a yawn and a stretch, the genie looks at them and scratches his head.
"Hmmm... As is customary, I can grant three wishes to whoever releases me. As there are three of you, I guess you get one each."
Without pausing to consider the somewhat cliched nature of their situation, they all look at each other to see who'll go first.
The American says "Well, if you two are still thinking and don't object, I know what I want" and he turns to the genie: "Sir, I'm a farmer. My daddy was a farmer, just as his daddy was before him. For generations my family have lived on and worked the same land but times are becoming hard and if one more crop fails I fear we will lose everything. My wish is for my family's land to remain forever fertile for us so that my son and all future generations can carry on in this family tradition."
"Very noble" says the genie, and with a click of his fingers it is done.
Next up steps the Frenchman.
"Is there a limit to what I can ask for?"
"No" replies the genie, "you can have absolutely anything you want"
"Excellent! Monsieur, I love my country as much as life itself and since the dawn of time it has been invaded repeatedly from all sides. I want an insurmountable & indestructable wall around it so this can never happen again."
"That's quite understandable" says the genie. With a click of his fingers it is done and he turns to the Englishman for the final wish.
"This wall mate... Tell me about it."
"Oh, OK" says the genie, "If I do say so myself, it's a bloody masterpiece! It's 100m thick and as tall as Mont Blanc. Absolutely nothing can break, crack, chip or even scratch it. Long after the sun has died and this planet has been destroyed, that wall will be floating through space, still in one piece!"
"Marvellous!" says the Englishman, "Fill it with water!"
Last edited by Dominic Owen
on Thu May 24, 2012 12:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.
One by one, the penguins are stealing my sanity...