The king's soldiers were rounding up all the men in Nasruddin's village to draft them into the army. Nasruddin did not want to join the army, so he hid in the oven.
Things were going well until Nasruddin sneezed; that's when the soldiers opened the oven door and found him in there.
"Come out out of there!" the soldiers said to Nasruddin. "You're joining the army."
"Not me!" said Nasruddin. "I'm just a loaf of bread here in the oven."
"That's ridiculous! Come out now!" the soldiers yelled.
"At least wait until I'm fully baked," Nasruddin replied, smiling.
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #182 in the book. I added the part about the sneeze.