HOW TO SPREAD FLOUR ON A ROPE
One day a neighbor whom the Hodja did not like asked him for the loan of his rope. The Hodja went into the house, and after a time came back and said:
"Sorry, the rope is not available. My wife is spreading flour on it."
"What do you mean?" asked the surprised man. "How can flour be spread on a rope? You must be making fun of me!"
"No, I'm quite serious," replied the Hodja. "When I do not wish to lend somebody my rope, flour can easily be spread on it."