One morning 3 South Carolina good old boys
and 3 Yankees were in a ticket line
at the Spartanburg train station heading to
Columbia for a big football game.
The 3 Northerners each bought a ticket and
watched as the 3 Southerners
bought just one ticket among them.
"How are the 3 of you
going to travel on one 1 ticket?"
asked one of the Yankees.
"Watch and learn"
answered one of the boys from the South.
When the 6 travelers boarded the train,
the 3 Yankees sat down,
but the 3 Southerners
crammed into a bathroom together
and closed the door.
Shortly after the train departed,
the conductor came around to collect tickets.
He knocked on the bathroom door and said,
The door opened just a crack
and a single arm emerged
with a ticket in hand.
The Conductor took it and moved on.
The Yankees saw this happen and agreed
it was quite a clever idea.
Indeed, so clever that they decided
to do the same thing on the return trip
and save some money.
That evening after the game
when they got to the Columbia train station,
they bought a single ticket for the return trip
while to their astonishment
the 3 Southerners didn't buy even 1 ticket!
"How are you going to travel without a ticket?"
asked one of the perplexed Yankees.
"Watch and learn",
answered one of the Southern boys.
When they boarded the train the 3 Northerners
crammed themselves into a bathroom and
the 3 Southerners crammed themselves
into the other bathroom across from it.
Shortly after the train began to move,
one of the Southerners left their bathroom
and walked quietly over to the Yankee's bathroom.
He knocked on the door and said "Ticket please".
. . . . . .
There's just no way on God's green earth
to explain how them Yankees won that war . . .