One day the Hodja was sunning himself outside the village coffee shop and relishing his coffee. Some of his friends, having apparently nothing more serious to occupy their minds, were having a controversy about the sex of the dove that had brought the olive twig to Noah's Ark.

After a while, the Hodja decided to bring the silly controversy to an end.

"That's the simplest question in the world to answer," he intervened. "There cannot be the slightest doubt that it was a male bird. Just imagine any female keeping her mouth shut for any length of time!"

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