A stranger approached Nasruddin as he was standing at the crossroads.
"Which way to town?" the stranger asked.
Nasruddin pointed to the right.
"And how long will it take to get there?"
Nasruddin stared at the stranger intently and shrugged.
"I know you can hear me!" the stranger shouted. "How long will it take me to get to town?"
Nasruddin shrugged again, and the stranger stomped off angrily.
A minute later, Nasruddin shouted, "About half an hour."
The stranger turned and shouted back, "Why didn't you say so?"
"I had to see how quickly you were walking," Nasruddin replied, smiling.
Inspired by: Sacred Laughter of the Sufis by Imam Jamal Rahman
Notes: This story is on p. 8 of the book.