Joe a young journalism graduate from Arkansas had gone to work for the New York Times. His first assignment was to write a brief human interest story.
An idea came to Joe and he returned to one of the most remote areas he knew of in his home state of Arkansas.
Deep in the woods, Joe came upon a farmer's house and decided this would be a good place to start.
He introduced himself to the back country farmer and explained why he was there. The farmer (named Farmer Rusty) agreed to answer his questions.
Joe asked farmer Rusty what event in his life had made him the happiest?
Farmer Rusty replied, "One time a neighbor lost one of his sheep. We all formed a posse and found it. After we all had sex with it, we took it back to the farmer that lost it.";
"I can't print that," said Joe the reporter, "Is there another event that made you really happy?"
Farmer Rusty thought for a minute and said, "Yep. One time the daughter of another local farmer got lost. She was a good-lookin' young girl. We all formed a posse and found her.
After all of us had sex with her, we took her back to her daddy.";
Again Joe knew he couldn't print the story and decided to take a different tack. He asked Farmer Rusty, "Is there any event in your life that has made you really sad?";
Farmer Rusty hung his head and replied, "Well, I got lost once".