Random Joke #3: The Donkey Meteorologist


Once upon a time, there was a king who wanted to go fishing. He called the royal weather forecaster and inquired as to the weather forecast for the next few hours. The weatherman assured him that there was no chance of rain in the coming days. So the king went fishing with his wife, the queen.

On the way, he met a farmer on his donkey. Upon seeing the king the farmer said, “Your Majesty, you should return to the palace at once because in just a short time I expect a huge amount of rain to fall in this area”. The king was polite and considerate, he replied: “I hold the palace meteorologist in high regard. He is an extensively educated and experienced professional, and I pay him very high wages. He gave me a very different forecast. I trust him and I will continue on my way.” So they did. However, a short time later a torrential rain fell from the sky. The King and Queen were totally soaked and their entourage chuckled upon seeing them in such a shameful condition.

Furious, the king returned to the palace and gave the order to execute the weatherman at once! He summoned the farmer and offered him the prestigious and high paying role of a royal forecaster.

The farmer said, “Your Majesty, I do not know anything about forecasting. I obtain my information from my donkey. If I see his ears drooping, it means with certainty that it will rain.” So the King hired the donkey on the spot.

And thus began the ancient practice of hiring asses to work in government and occupy its highest and most influential positions.

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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. You can find me on Twitter` and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com

41 thoughts on “Random Joke #3: The Donkey Meteorologist

  1. I always make it a point to check out anyone who had liked my blog and here I am – red in the face – stiffling the urge to laugh out loud, looking like i’m going to have a mini -heartattack – too goood!!! Am checking out more –


  2. Another case of private contractors taking bread out of the mouths of working men in favor of stubborn animals just because donkeys are willing to eat hay. Shameful. Sure, the ass got lucky and got one right…screw up under this regime even once though, my long eared prognosticator, and you are 150 Big McDonkey burgers. Then you’ll wish you’d kept the cushy, nepotistic job your brother in law got you.
    A Proud Ex-civil servant serving the public for over 20 years (whether you wanted it or not).


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