An ox was trying to drink the water left at the bottom of a crock. He pushed his head a little too far in and he got stuck. The poor thing started to struggle desperately to free himself off the crock but he was not able to pull his head out.
The owner of the ox was panicked and all the neighbours came to help. Some pulled the crock, some pulled the ox. No use. Nasreddin Hodja happened to be passing by. When he saw all the people unsuccessfully trying to get the head of the ox out of a crock, he offered his help.
`Bring me an axe!’ he said, confidently. When the axe arrived, he chopped the head of the unfortunate animal. After this, he realized that the head was still in the crock. He swung the axe once more and broke the crock. This freed the severed head.
`You see,’ he addressed the crowd watching in shock, `it was this simple.’
Ox and the Crock – Mullah Nasruddin – Short Stories