Fantastic Fables

by Ambrose Bierce

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A Talisman

HAVING been summoned to serve as a juror, a Prominent Citizen sent a physician's certificate stating that he was afflicted with softening of the brain.

"The gentleman is excused," said the Judge, handing back the certificate to the person who had brought it, "he has a brain.

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It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.