The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

A lawyer and a Lebanese tailor are sitting next to each other in an airport lounge.
The lawyer is thinking that Lebanese people are so dumb that he could get one over on them, easily.

So the lawyer asks if the Lebanese would like to play a fun game.

The Lebanese tailor is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines, and tries to catch a few winks.

The lawyer persists, and says that the game is a lot of fun. I ask you a question, and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me only $5; you ask me one, and if I don’t know the answer, I will pay you $500, he says.

This catches the Lebanese tailor’s attention and so to keep the lawyer quiet, he agrees to play the game.

The lawyer asks the first question. ‘What’s the distance from The Earth to the Moon?’ The Lebanese doesn’t say a word, reaches in his pocket, pulls out a five-dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer.

Now, it’s the Lebanese tailors turn. He asks the lawyer,

‘What goes up a hill with three legs, and comes down with four?’

The lawyer uses his laptop and searches all references he could find on the Net. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows, all to no avail. After one hour of searching he finally gives up. He wakes up the Lebanese tailor and hands him $500. The tailor pockets the $500 and goes right back to sleep.

The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer, so he wakes the Lebanese gentleman up and asks, ‘Well, so what goes up a hill with three legs and comes down with four?

The Lebanese reaches in his pocket, hands the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.

The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
Claude Levi-Strauss

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One response to “The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

  1. I’d like to use this story in one of our publications. May I get permission? There should be a free issue you can download at the above URL. I’d also love to know how you weave this into your training classes. Do you have debriefing questions? How do you set this up?

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