An Arab was walking through the Sahara desert, desperate for water, then he
saw something, far off in the distance.
Hoping to find water, he walked towards the image, only to find a little old
Jewish man sitting at a card table with a bunch of neckties laid out on it.
The Arab asked, "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some water?"
The man replied "I don't have any water, but why don't you buy a tie? Here's
one that goes nicely with your robes."
The Arab shouted, "I don't want a tie, you idiot, I need water!"
"OK, don't buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I'll tell you
that over that hill there, about 5 miles, is a nice restaurant my brother
that way, they'll give you all the water you want."
The Arab thanked him and walked away towards the hill and eventually
Three hours later the Arab came crawling back to where the man was sitting
behind his card table.
He said "I told you, about 5 miles over that hill. Couldn't you find it?"
The Arab rasped "I found it all right. They wouldn't let me in without a tie."