Herb Green and farmer
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I’ve got to tell my favorite Herbie Green’s joke. I don’t know whether any of you have ever heard this before. If you have, don’t give away the punch line. Herbie — you know, some lawyers try each other. Herbie tried the judge. When he was picking a jury, he would often say, “Now I’ve got to give you an illustration to prove my point.” And he’d start out with saying that “What I’m about to tell you is a true story and it came — you know, somewhere from my family in the — in the olden days. But, please, don’t make up your mind when we’re trying this case until you’ve heard our side of the story because things are not always what they seem to be.” And then he’d go into his gesturing and tell you about this farmer who was caught out in the barn one night and he had a case of the trots. And he had to go to the bathroom something terrible. So he dropped his pants and he dropped his drawers, and about that time his favorite cow started out the door that he left open.
So he ran over and grabbed ahold of that cow, and there he was going out of the barn lot holding onto that cow’s leg when the preacher came around the corner and caught him. “Now, let me tell you, folks, things are not always what they seem to be.”