The Judge and
In a small but clamorous town, there lived a
newly-installed, intelligent judge and many hostile couples who always
went to court to ask for a divorce. The divorce rate of this town had not
slowed down for several years. One day, like other busy days, an anxious
young couple came into the judge’s thrifty, simple and tiny office and
asked him to approve their divorce agreement.
The judge, astonished at the couple’s uncultivated
way of saying things, asked them where they had learned such phrases.
“ From him,” the wife pointed to the husband shouted,
“ Money and authority made him change a lot.”
“ It’s her! This greedy animal always drives me
crazy! ” yelled the husband.
“Here are some clauses for your immediate reading,”
said the judge, “and here are some forms for you to fill out tonight. But
unless you can write your divorce reasons in as many words as a McDonald’s
hamburger sales pitch, I will not approve your agreement.”
The couple went home and stared at each other
helplessly the whole night. Finally the wife said, “Let me think a while,
and may be I can think what can be done about this.”
The next day, having thought of a solution, she
went with her sleepy husband; they gave a slip to the judge, on which it
stated, “We'd like to.”
“The quantity of words for ‘McDonald’s Hamburger
sales’ is three, so we wrote three words too,” they explained.
So, laughing, the judge knew that this couple was
smart, but it was not to end there.
The second day, the judge sent them a note which
said, “Tomorrow, you must catch all the blackbirds in the highest building
of the town to see me, or you will not be allowed to divorce.”
Weeping, the wife received the note, but her
husband said, “Have no fear, I shall think of something.”
In the morning, they came to the judge and showed
him a big sack and said, “We have prepared already for catching those
birds, please tag all blackbirds’ legs, so we can avoid catching the wrong
ones.” Again, the judge was impressed by the couple’s answer.
“My computer has infected by a virus. Go home and
bring me a vaccine tomorrow morning,” ordered the judge, “ or you will
never get divorce.”
“Go to bed!” the wife said, “I will think of
something by bringing my mind to bear upon it all night.”
The second morning, they went to see the judge and
"We now bring you a special vaccine for your poor
computer, but please remember to give the computer a pain and fever
releasing medicine after the injection, or it won’t get over from the
Finally, the judge laughed heartily and declared
that the couple’s divorce application was approved.
But the couple said, “ Now we are not supposed to
leave each other, because we find each other useful in solving problems,
and we are going to join the TV contest show, ‘ Who wants to be a trillion
couple?’ Then, they tore up the divorce agreement and walked out happily,
hand in hand.
Since then, the divorce rate of the small town has
gone down miraculously.