There is a story involving Yogi Berra, the well-known catcher for the New York Yankees,
and Hank Aaron, who at that time was the chief power hitter for the Milwaukee Braves. The
teams were playng in the World Series, and as usual Yogi was keeping up his ceaseless
chatter, intended to pep up his teammates on the one hand, and distract the Milwaukee
batters on the other. As Aaron came to the plate, Yogi tried to distract him by saying,
"Henry, you're holding the bat wrong. You're supposed to hold it so you can read the
trademark." Aaron didn't say anything, but when the next pitch came he hit it into
the left-field bleachers. After rounding the bases and tagging up at home plate, Aaron
looked at Yogi Berra and said, "I didn't come up here to read."
Learning to Lead, J.M. Boice, Revell, 1990, p. 38.
Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev used to tell of a time when there was a wave of petty
theft in the Soviet Union. To curtail this the authorities put up guards around the
factories. At one timberworks in Leningrad, the guard knew the workers in the factory very
well. The first evening, out came Pyotr Petrovich with a wheelbarrow and, on the
wheelbarrow, a great bulky sack with a suspicious-looking object inside. "All right,
Petrovich," said the guard, "what have you got there?" "Oh, just
sawdust and shavings," Petrovich replied. "Come on," the guard said,
"I wasn't born yesterday. Tip it out." And out came nothing but sawdust and
shavings. So he was allowed to put it all back again and go home. When the same thing
happened every night of the week the guard became frustrated. Finally, his curiosity
overcame his frustration. "Petrovich," he said, "I know you. Tell me what
you're smuggling out of here, and I'll let you go." "Wheelbarrows, my friend,
" said Petrovich, "wheelbarrows."
quoted in The Devil's Gauntlet.