A preacher wanted to raise money for his church,   and having been told that there was a fortune to be made in horse racing,   he decided to purchase a horse and enter it in the races.

At the local auction,   however,   the going price for a horse was so steep that he ended up buying a donkey instead.

The preacher decided that he might as well go ahead and enter it in the races,   and to his surprise,   the donkey came in third.   The next day,   the racing sheets carried the following headline:   PREACHER’S ASS SHOWS.

The preacher was so pleased with the donkey that he entered it in another race,   and this time it won.   The headlines blared:   PREACHER’S ASS OUT IN FRONT.

The bishop was so upset with this kind of publicity that he ordered the preacher to not enter the donkey in any more races.   The newspaper printed this headline:   BISHOP SCRATCHES PREACHER’S ASS.

This was just too much for the bishop,   and he ordered the preacher to get rid of the animal.   The preacher decided to give it to a nun in a neighboring village.   The next day,   the headlines announced:   NUN HAS BEST ASS IN TOWN.

The bishop fainted.   As soon as he was able,   he informed the nun that she would have to dispose of the donkey,   and she finally found a farmer willing to buy it for $10.   The paper announced the transaction as:   NUN PEDDLES ASS FOR TEN BUCKS.

They buried the bishop the next day.