The 5 symbols
During some recent excavation work, a team of Israeli archaeologists discovered a previously undetected cave. They were very excited because the following five symbols were carved on one wall of the cave.
a woman; a donkey; a shovel; a fish; a Star of David;
The archaeologists declared this a unique find - the carvings were thought to be at least 3,000 years old. They carefully cut out the piece of stone holding the symbols and sent it to the Tel Aviv museum. Soon, archaeologists from all over the world were invited to meet to discuss the meaning of the markings.
The chairman opened the meeting by pointing to the first symbol and saying, "We can judge from the first symbol that this race was family oriented and held women in high esteem. You can also tell that they were smart enough to train donkeys to help them till the soil. The shovel symbol means they had tools to work with. Their intelligence is highlighted by the fish, which means that if their crops failed, they would take to the sea for food. The last symbol means they were evidently Hebrew."
The audience applauded enthusiastically.
Suddenly a little old man stood up in the back of the room and said, "Idiots! Hebrew is read from right to left. This is what it says, 'Holy Mackerel, Dig the Ass on That Woman.'"