A polish peasant farmer…

…is digging in his field one day when he hits something with his shovel. Picking it up and dusting it off, he recognizes it as an old lamp. A genie pops out and offers him three wishes. The Pole thinks about his wishes for the entire day and finaly decides. “Genie”, he says, “I want the Mongol hordes to sweep through Poland.” The Genie snaps his fingers and a low rumbling sound of hoofbeats is heard. Over the horizon come the Mongol hordes which ride down and kill everything in their path. They wheel around and ride back out. The farmer picks himself up and asks for the same thing for his second wish. Again the Mongols ride in and destroy everything in their path. Whatever they didn’t kill last time, they kill this time. Whatever they killed last time, they set on fire. They wheel around and ride back out. The Pole picks himself up and asks for the same thing for his third wish. This time the Mongols don’t even bother to stop since there isn’t anything left to destroy. The genie just can’t stand it any more. “You could have had anything. ANYTHING!”, the genie says. “Why did you waste your wishes on this?” The farmer replies, “In order for the Mongols to ride over Poland three times, they would have had to go through Russia six times.”

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