Army - Be a lot of what you can be
An Army Ranger was on vacation in the depths of Louisiana and he wanted a
pair of genuine alligator shoes in the worst way, but was very reluctant to
pay the high prices the local vendors were asking. After becoming
frustrated with the "no haggle" attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the
Ranger shouted, "Maybe I'll just go out and get my own alligator, so I can
get a pair of shoes made at a reasonable price!"
The vendor said, "By all means, be my guest. Maybe you will run into a
couple of Marines who were in here a week ago saying the same thing. But I
haven't seen either of them back here yet."
So the Ranger headed into the bayou that same day and a few hours later,
came upon two men standing waist deep in water. They were wearing T-shirts
with "MARINE" on them. Just then, the Ranger saw a tremendously long gator
swimming rapidly underwater towards one of the Marines. Just as the gator
was about to attack, one of the Marines grabbed its neck with both hands
and strangled it to death with very little effort. Then both Marines
dragged it on shore and flipped it on its back. Lying nearby were several
more of the creatures. One of the Marines then exclaimed in angry
frustration, "This one doesn't have any shoes either!"
-- Author unknown