This is a mail i got from my dear ol' friend Vimal, (hope he doesn't mind me sharing it) :-)
One day, while a woodcutter was cutting a branch of a tree above a river, his axe fell into the river.
When he cried out, the Lord appeared and asked, "Why are you crying?"
The woodcutter replied that his axe has fallen into water.
The Lord went down into the water and reappeared with a Golden axe.
"Is this your axe?" the Lord asked.
The woodcutter replied, "No."
The Lord again went down and came up with a Silver axe.
"Is this your axe?" the lord asked.
Again, the woodcutter replied, "No."
The Lord went down again and came up with an iron axe.
"Is this your axe?"
the Lord asked.
The woodcutter replied, "Yes."
The Lord was pleased with the man's honesty and gave him all three
axes to keep, and the woodcutter went home happily.
One day while he was walking with his Wife along the riverbank, the
woodcutter's wife fell into the river.
When he cried out, the Lord
again appeared and asked him,
"Why are you crying?"
"Oh Lord, my Wife has fallen into the water!"
The Lord went down into the water and came up with Jen. Lopez.
"Is this your wife?" the Lord asked.
"Yes," cried the woodcutter.
The Lord was furious. "You cheat! That is a lie!!"
The woodcutter replied, "Oh, forgive me, my Lord.! It is a
You see, if I had said 'No' to Jen. Lopez, You would
come up with Cath. Zeta-Jones .
Then if I also say 'No' to her, You
would thirdly come up with My Wife,
and I would say ' Yes,' and then all three will be given to me,
as you did the Axe's ;
But Lord, I am a poor man and I will not be able to take care of all three Wives,
so that's why I said Yes the first time."
The moral of the story is whenever a man lies it is for an honourable reason.