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Three Shots of Whisky

An Irishman comes into a bar and orders three separate shots of Irish whiskey. He downs one, engages in casual conversation with the bartender, eventually finishing the other two.

This goes on for a few days and the bartender finally says, "You know, I can put all three shots in one glass for you."

The Irishman replies, "No, I prefer it this way. See, I'm very close to my two brothers. They're both in Ireland now and this represents a drink for each of us. This way I can be closer to them and feel like we are all having a drink together."

The bartender agrees and continues to set them up as requested. This goes on for several months, and then one day, the lad orders two shots. Well the bartender begins to worry that maybe something has happened to one of his brothers. He's gotten to know this guy for awhile and finally feels it necessary to ask.

"Is everything alright?" the bartender asked.

"What do you mean?" replied the Irish gentleman.

"Well," the bartender said, "all these months you've ordered three drinks. Now you've only ordered two. Did something happen to one of your brothers?"

"No," the gentleman replied. "They're fine. It's just that I quit drinking."


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