Johnny hates school and would much rather spend the day on the local golf course.
Consequently he often skips school and doesn’t quite know what is going on there.
On one of the few occasions that he does turn up, it was too wet to get out on the course, the teacher asked, ‘Johnny, who signed the Declaration of Independence?’
He said, ‘Damned if I know.’
She was a little put out by his swearing, so she told him to go home and to bring his father with him when he came back.
Next day, the father came with his son, sat in the back of the room to observe, as the teacher requested.
She started back in on her quiz and finally got back to the boy. ‘Now, Johnny, I’ll ask you again. Who signed the Declaration of Independence?’
‘Well, hell, teacher,’ Johnny said, ‘I told you I didn’t know.’
The father jumped up in the back, pointed a stern finger at his son and said, ‘Johnny, if you signed that thing, you damn well better own up to it!’