The Human Interest Story

A young man graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in journalism. He got a job working for a local newspaper. His first assignment was to write a human interest story. He decided to go into the Ozarks to do his research.

He found an old farmer in an isolated section and introduced himself to the man. He then asked him, “Has anything ever happened around here that made you happy?”

The old farmer thought for a moment and said, “Yep, one time a neighbor’s sheep got lost. We all formed a posse and found it. Then we all screwed it and took it back home.”

“I can’t print that!” the young reporter exclaimed. “Can you think of anything else that happened that made you happy?”

“Yep, one time a neighbor’s daughter got lost. We all formed a posse and found her. After we all screwed her, we took her back home.”

“Hell, I can’t print that either!” cried the frustrated reporter. “Has anything ever happened that made you sad?”

The old farmer dropped his head quietly for a second then timidly replied, “Yep, I got lost once…”

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