One day two small boys decided to play a trick on Mullah Nasruddin.
With a tiny bird cupped in their hands they would ask him whether it was alive or dead.
If he said it was alive they would crush it to show show him he was wrong.
If he said it was dead they would let it fly away and still fool him.
When they found the wise old man they said,
Mullah Nasruddin thought for a moment and replied,
- Ah, my young friends, that is in your hands!