One day the Hodja loaded a couple of sacks of wheat onto his donkey and headed for the village mill. As usual, the place was crowded.

Nasreddin Hodja unloaded his sacks, untied them, and to while away the time until his turn would come, started taking handfuls of what from other people's sacks and putting them into his own.

The miller having noticed the goings on, walked up to the Hodja and said:

"Look here, you! What do you think you are doing?!"

"Never mind me," replied the Hodja. "I am just a half-wit and do whatever comes into my head."

"Is that so! Then why hasn't it come into your head to put wheat into other people's sacks from your own?"

"You must have misunderstood me," said the Hodja. "I just told you I was a half-wit, not a stupid fool!"

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