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Old 04-21-03, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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American, Frenchman, and a Dutchman....

A Dutchman, a Frenchman, and an American are in Saudi Arabia, sharing a
smuggled crate of booze when Saudi police rush in and arrest them.

The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for
the terrible crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they are
all sentenced to death!

However, after many months and with the help of very good lawyers, they are
able to successfully appeal their sentences down to life imprisonment. By a
stroke of luck, it was a Saudi national holiday the day their trial
finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheikh decided they could be
released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip.

As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheikh announced: "It's my
first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one
wish before your whipping."

The Dutchman was first in line, he thought for a while and then said:
"Please tie a pillow to my back." This was done, but the pillow only lasted
10 lashes before the whip went through. When the punishment was done he had
to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain.

The Frenchman was next up. After watching the Dutchman in horror he said
smugly: "Please fix two pillows to my back." But even two pillows could
only take 15 lashes before the whip went through again and the Frenchman
was soon led away whimpering loudly (as they do).

The American was the last one up, but before he could say anything, the
Sheikh turned to him and said: "You
are from a most beautiful part of the world and your culture is one of the
finest in the world. For this, you may
have two wishes!"

"Thank you, your Most Royal and Merciful highness", the American replied.
"In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20,
but 100 lashes."

"Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also
very brave". The Sheikh said with an admiring look on his face. "If 100
lashes is what you desire, then so be it. "And your second wish, what is it
to be?" the Sheikh asked.

The American replied: "Tie the Frenchman to my back."
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