From the Ar­chives

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Have Bestsellers Become Dumber? -

The clev­er­ness of this 50-year-old anec­dote from June 1968 has well and truly stood the test of time.

It was a Fri­day af­ter­noon, and one of our friends gave lit­tle thought to hav­ing his power mower bor­rowed by a neigh­bour, un­til he hap­pened to men­tion it to an­other neigh­bour. Then he dis­cov­ered that this neigh­bour’s mower had also been bor­rowed. Later, he was even more sur­prised to learn that three more mow­ers had been loaned to the same man.

When the hoarder was pressed for an ex­pla­na­tion, he as­sured the men that all mow­ers would be re­turned bright and early Mon­day morn­ing. “This is one week­end,” he added with a grin, “that I in­tend to sleep late – in peace.”

SUB­MIT­TED BY MARY M. KOWALCHIK

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