|An American tourist was visiting a small village in Ireland when there was a sudden gust of wind which blew his hat off into the middle of a nearby pond.|
Walking over to the village idiot, who was sitting beside the pond, the tourist asked, "Say, son, how deep is this pond?"
"Oh, only a few inches," replied the idiot.
After taking his shoes off and rolling his trousers up over his knees, the tourist stepped into the pond to retrieve his hat and, within a few seconds, was completely submerged in the water. Swimming out to the middle of the pond he finally reached his hat, and then struggled back to edge.
Climbing out, he turned to the village idiot and screamed, "Hey you, I thought you said that pond was only a few inches deep!"
"Well," shrugged the idiot, "the water only comes half way up that duck over there."