A man walks into a bar, very down on himself. As he walks up to the bar the bartender asks, “What’s the matter?”
The fellow replies, “Well, I’ve got these two horses, and well … I can’t tell them apart. I don”t know if I’m mixing up riding times or even feeding them the right foods.”
The bartender, feeling sorry for the man, tries to think of something he can do.
“Why don’t you try shaving the tail of one of the horses?”
The man stops crying and says, “Hey, thanks, that sounds like a good idea, I think I’ll try it.”
A few months later he comes back to the bar in worse condition than he was before.
“What’s the matter now?” the bartender asks.
The fellow, in no condition to be out in public, answers, “I shaved the tail of one of the horses, but it grew back and I can’t tell them apart again!”
The bartender, now just wanting him to shut up or leave, says, “Why don’t you try shaving the mane, maybe that won’t grow back.”
The fellow stops crying, has a few drinks, and leaves.
A few months later the fellow is back in the bar. The bartender has never seen anybody in this sorry a state. Without the bartender even asking, the fellow breaks into a chorus of his problems. “I shaved the mane of one of the horses, and it grew back!”
The bartender, now furious at the man’s general stupidity, yells, “For crying out loud, just measure the stupid horses. Perhaps one is slightly taller that the other one!”
The fellow cannot believe what the bartender has said and storms out of the bar.
The next day the fellow comes running back into the bar as if he has just won the lottery. “It worked, it worked!” he exclaims. “I measured the horses and the black one is two inches taller than the white one!”