~ 176. Emperor Tamerlane's Tax Collector ~
Tamerlane was convinced that his tax collector had been cheating him. "Bring the tax collector here! And his account books too!" shouted the emperor.
When the tax collector arrived with his account books, Tamerlane interrogated him. Not satisfied with the answers, Tamerlane made him eat the books page by page.
"Nasruddin," Tamerlane shouted, "you are now my new tax collector."
When Tamerlane later summoned Nasruddin to bring the account books, Nasruddin wheeled in a cart full of bread.
"What on earth is that?" the emperor asked.
"I wrote the accounts on these loaves of bread," explained Nasruddin. "Just in case."
Inspired by: The Best Anecdotes of Nasreddin Hoca by Kemal Yorenc
Notes: This story is on p. 38 of the book.