Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The hen, the pig and the man

A man has two best friends, one a hen and the other a pig. However, he is unsure what their level of commitment that they have towards him. For all he knows, it may just be a one sided friendship. So one day, he asked a fox for help. The wily fox agreed and set to action immediately. On the pretext that the fox had kidnapped the man, the fox asked the hen and the pig to put out their most valued possession that they have in order to raise the money to pay handsome ransom to the kidnappers.

The hen clucked and said that she would give off 5 of her eggs to pay a part of the ransom. The fox nodded and accepted the offer. The pig, however, took out a knife and was walking towards the fox. Thinking that the pig wanted to attack the fox, the latter shrieked and was about to run for cover when the pig snorted that he is willing to kill himself so that the fox can cure it as a bacon to pay the ransom. Before the pig can plunge the knife, the fox stopped him and said that the intention would suffice for now. With that, the fox ran off to report to the man.

What do you think the fox said to the man? Who is the more committed friend? There's no right or right answer of course.

(To readers who found this story familiar, I twisted the story from Singapore Man of Leisure's blog. I've no idea why this story floated to my mind when I was having dinner tonight. I can't remember the exact story but the fun thing is that it doesn't matter. The gist of it, once captured, can be transmuted in infinite ways and still, it would retain the original flavor.)


Singapore Man of Leisure said...


And I myself have "stolen with pride" and adapted the story from a project management course I attended ions ago :)

Createwealth8888 said...

Read another version of the same Hen & Pig story? The Hen & the Pig Go To Breakfast

Createwealth8888 said...

Yet another version. Read? In Investing - difference between committed and involved

la papillion said...


Haha, I didn't know that :) Good story though, I still remember after reading it so long ago.

Hi bro8888, already.