You may have heard the story of the woman who was churning butter a couple of generations ago…using one of those old cylindrical butter churns with a plunger. She had to leave the churn for a moment and when she returned, she discovered a rat had scampered up the side of the churn and had fallen into the thickening buttermilk.
She fished the rat out and as she finished churning her butter she formulated a plan to solve her dilemma. She carefully wrapped her block of butter in paper and headed down to the local butcher shop. Handing the freshly made butter to the butcher she said, “While I was churning this butter, a rat fell in the churn. I fished him out, and I think the butter is fine, but I just can’t forget that rat and I don’t think I can eat this. Could you exchange this butter for another block of butter and just sell this butter to someone else? After all, what you don’t know can’t hurt you.”
The butcher smiled and said, “Of course I can. I’ll be right back.” He took the lady’s butter and disappeared into the back of his shop where he carefully unwrapped the block of butter and then wrapped it again in new butcher paper. He returned to the lady, handed her the block of re-wrapped butter and smiled as he said, “You’re exactly right! What you don’t know can’t hurt you!”
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