One time, the guards brought in a soldier. "He was passed out drunk while on duty, Your Highness," they said.
"I sentence him to five thousand lashes!" the emperor shouted.
Nasruddin burst out laughing.
"What's so funny?" asked Tamerlane.
"O Emperor," Nasruddin replied, "I was just thinking that either you've never been whipped, or perhaps you don't know how to count."
Tamerlane also started laughing and reduced the sentence to just fifty lashes.
Nasruddin's laughter thus saved the soldier's life.
Inspired by: Nasreddin Hodja compiled by Alpay Kabacali.
Notes: This story is on p. 36 of the book.