Farmer Joe decided his injuries from the accident were serious enough
to take the trucking company (responsible for the accident) to court.
In court the trucking companies fancy lawyer was questioning farmer
"Didn't you say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm fine,'" said
Farmer Joe responded: "Well I'll tell you what happened. I had just
loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the......."
"I didn't ask for any details," the lawyer interrupted, "just answer
the question." "Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, 'I'm
Farmer Joe said, "Well I had just got Bessie into the trailer and I
was driving down the road..."
The lawyer interrupted again and said: "Judge, I am trying to
establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told
the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now, several
weeks after the accident, he is trying to sue my client. I believe he
is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question."
By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe's answer
and said to the lawyer, "I'd like to hear what he has to say about his
favorite mule Bessie."
Joe thanked the Judge and proceeded, "Well as I was saying, I had just
loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her
down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop
sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one
ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and
didn't want to move.
However, I could hear ole Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was
in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a
Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and
groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her he took out
his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across
the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, "How are