LanceA scorpion sat by a river wondering how he could get across.

A turtle ambled by and the scorpion said, "Hey, turtle, would you give me a ride across the river?'

The turtle responded, "Are you kidding? I may be slow, but I'm not stupid. You'll sting me and I'll drown!"

"That would stupid on my part, turtle. If I sting you, we'll both drown!"

The turtle thought about and said, "I guess that makes sense. OK, climb on my back and I'll swim across."

The scorpion climbed on the turtle's back and they started crossing the river.

Halfway across, the scorpion stung the turtle.

The turtle cried out, "Why did you sting me? Now we're BOTH going to drown!"

To which the scorpion replied, "I can't help it. I'm a scorpion."