An Irishman moved into a tiny hamlet in
County Kerry, walked into the local pub,
and promptly ordered three beers.
The bartender raised his eyebrows, but
served the man three beers, which he
drank quietly at a table, alone.
An hour later, the man had finished the
three beers and ordered three more.
This happened yet again. The next
evening the man again ordered and drank
three beers at a time, several times.
Soon the entire town was whispering
about The Man Who Orders Three Beers.
Finally, a week later, the bartender
broached the subject on behalf of the
town. "I don't mean to pry, but
folks around here are wondering why you
always order three beers at a time?"
"Tis odd, isn't it?" the man replied.
"You see, I have two brothers, and one
went to America and the other to
Australia. We promised each other
that we would always order an extra two
beers whenever we drank, as a way of
keeping up the family bond."
The bartender and the whole town were
pleased with this answer, and soon the
Man Who Orders Three Beers became a
local celebrity and a source of pride to
the hamlet, even to the extent that
out-of-towners would come to watch him
Then one day, the man came in and
ordered only two beers. The
bartender poured them with a heavy
heart. This continued for the rest
of the evening. "Each time he
orders only two beers," the word flew
around town. Prayers were offered
for the soul of one of the brothers.
The next day, the bartender said to the
man, "Folks around here, me first of
all, want to offer condolences to you
for the death of your brother. You
know -- the two beers instead of three,
The man pondered this for a moment, then
replied, "You'll be happy to hear that
my two brothers are alive and well.
It's just that I, meself, have decided
to give up drinking for Lent."
- Author Unknown -
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