A newlywed farmer and his wife were visited
by her mother, who
immediately demanded an inspection of the place. While they
were walking through the barn, the farmer's mule suddenly
reared up and kicked the mother-in-law in the head, killing her
At the funeral service a few days later, the farmer stood near
the casket and greeted folks as they walked by. The pastor
noticed that whenever a woman would whisper something to
the farmer, he would nod his head yes and say something.
Whenever a man walked by and whispered to the farmer, he
would shake his head no and mumble a reply.
Curious, the pastor later asked the farmer what that was all
The farmer replied, "The women would say, 'What a terrible
tragedy' and I would nod my head and say, 'Yes, it was.' The
men would ask, 'You wanna sell that mule?' and I would shake
my head and say, 'Can't. It's all booked up for a