One night, a farmer’s outhouse is knocked over.
In the morning, the farmer approaches his son and asks, “Son, did you knock over the outhouse last night?”
“No Dad, I didn’t.”
“Son … let me tell you a story. When George Washington was a little boy, he chopped down his father’s favorite cherry tree. When his father asked him whether or not he was the one that chopped it down, he responded, ‘Father, I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree.’ George Washington’s father was so proud of him, he didn’t punish him for cutting down the tree. In fact, he rewarded him for being honest.
“Now, I’ll ask again. Did you knock over the outhouse last night?”
The farmer’s son is moved by this story, and he says, “Okay Dad, I cannot tell a lie. I knocked over the outhouse.”
The farmer proceeds to give his son the beating of a lifetime. When it’s over, the son gasps out between cries, “But George Washington’s father didn’t beat him!”
“George Washington’s father wasn’t in the cherry tree at the time.”