A chicken farmer lived on a quiet rural highway. But as time went by, the traffic built up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so fast that his chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.
So one day the farmer called the sheriff’s office and said, “You’ve got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens.”
“What do you want me to do?” asked the sheriff. Exasperatingly, the farmer responded, “I don’t care, just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day he had the county workers erect a sign that said SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING.
Three days later Farmer John called the sheriff and said, “You’ve got to do something about these drivers. The ‘school crossing’ sign hasn’t made a difference.”
So, again, the sheriff sends out the county workers and they put up a new sign: SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY.
The next week the farmer asked the sheriff, “Your signs are doing no good. Can I put up my own sign?”
The sheriff told him, “Sure thing, put up your own sign.”
The sheriff got no more calls from the farmer.
About a week later, curiosity got the best of the sheriff and he decided to give the farmer a call. “How’s the problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?” “Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since then”, he said happily.
The sheriff’s curiosity got the better of him, so he decided to head out to the farmhouse and see what sign he put up.
The sheriff drove out to the farmer’s house, and his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign. It was spray-painted on a sheet of wood:
NUDIST COLONY: GO SLOW AND WATCH OUT FOR THE CHICKS