A New Hampshireman stops by a cafe for
breakfast. After paying the tab, he checks
his pockets and leaves his tip--three pennies.
As he strides toward the door, his waitress
muses, only half to herself: "You know, you
can tell a lot about a man by the tip he
The man turns around, curiosity getting the
better of him. "Oh, really? Tell me, what
does my tip say?"
"Well, this penny tells me you're a thrifty
man." Barely able to conceal his pride, the
man utters "Hmm, true enough."
"And this penny, it tells me you're a bachelor."
Surprised at her perception, he says, "Well,
that's true, too."
"And the third penny tells me that your father
was one, too."