An avid hiker was trekking through the rural areas of the Southern US on a 3 month excursion, carrying his most basic necessities in a backpack and sleeping most nights under the open skies.
One evening, as he was passing a farm, it began to rain. The skies were dark and he knew he’d be in for a cold and wet night sleeping outdoors, so he decided to make his way to the farmhouse and ask for accommodations for the night.
He knocked on the farmer’s door and asked,
Hiker: “Hello, sir. I am hiking across the state and usually I sleep outside, but with the rain coming down, I wonder if I might be able to sleep in your barn tonight? In return, I have a gift for understanding animals and I will speak to yours and learn what they need to be more productive for your farm.”
Farmer: “You say you can talk to the animals, huh? Well, I don’t see the harm in that, so help yourself and have a good night.”
As promised the hiker spent a dry night in the farmer’s barn, chatting to the animals and learning all about their life on the farm. The next morning, the farmer came to the barn to check on his guest.
Farmer: “So, how did it go last night? Talk to the animals?”
Hiker: “Yes, sir. First, I spoke to the cows and they said that you milk them every day and it makes their udders sore. They said if you tried milking them every other day, they would be less stressed and give you more milk.”
Farmer: “You don’t say! I thought they weren’t giving enough milk and now I know why!”
Hiker: “Then, I talked to the chickens. They said that every day you take all of their eggs and it stresses them. They said they could give more eggs if you just took them every other day instead.”
Farmer: “Thanks! I’ll try that!”
Hiker: “Finally, I talked to the sheep and___”
Farmer: “DON’T LISTEN TO THE SHEEP, THEY’RE LIARS!!!”