Baby it's colld outside
It was April and the Aboriginals in a remote part of Northern
Australia asked their new elder if the coming winter was going to be
cold or mild.
Since he was an elder in a modern community he had
never been taught the old secrets. When he looked at the sky he
couldn't tell what the winter was going to be like.
Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he told his tribe that the
winter was indeed going to be cold and that the members of the tribe
should collect firewood to be prepared.
But being a practical leader, after several days he had an idea.
He walked out to the telephone booth on the highway, called the
Bureau of Meteorology and asked, 'Is the coming winter in this area
going to be cold?'
The meteorologist responded, 'It looks like this winter is going to be
So the elder went back to his people and told them to collect even
more wood in order to be prepared.
A week later he called the Bureau of Meteorology again. 'Does it still
look like it is going to be a very cold winter?'
The meteorologist again replied, 'Yes, it's going to be a very cold
The elder again went back to his community and ordered them to
collect every scrap of firewood they could find.
Two weeks later the elder called the Bureau again. 'Are you
absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very cold?' he asked.
'Absolutely,' the man replied. 'It's looking more and more like it is
going to be one of the coldest winters ever.'
'How can you be so sure?' the elder asked.
The weatherman replied, 'Our satellites have reported that the
Aboriginals in the north are collecting firewood like crazy, and that's
always a sure sign.'
Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend. - Plautus