The Pickled Cows Tongue Story
A story told to me by Barney Kaplan
Written 09/2012 and rewritten 02/07/2016 unedited
This story was related to me by my dear friend Barney Kaplan who passed away at 96 years of age in 2015. I think the story is more in the order of a joke.
Barney said that as his immigrant father’s business grew he had a fish market selling concession within a larger market in Detroit. His father also sold other select items like pickled cows tongue, which was left marinating in a wooden barrel by the counter.
A female customer came in and asked for a pickled tongue, so Barney’s father reached into the barrel and there was only one tongue left, so he put it on the scale, and it weighed 2-3/4 lbs.
The customer was disappointed, she said she wanted at least 3 lbs. So she asked if he had a larger one.
He put the tongue back into the barrel and then lifted it out again. This time he pressed his finger on the scale and it weighed exactly 3 lbs.
Good the lady said, I will take both of them.