One idle day, the villagers were contemplating philosophical thoughts and deliberating the mysteries of the universe. Since they weren’t getting anywhere with their reflections, they decided to solicit the wisdom of Nasreddin Hodja.
“Hodja Effendi,” they said, ‘you are a learned man; maybe you can shed a light on this puzzle. Where is the centre of the earth?’ Nasreddin Hodja didn’t skip a beat.
‘Right under the left front foot of my donkey’, he said.
‘Hodja Effendi,’ protested the villagers, ‘that can’t be right!’
‘If you don’t believe me,’ said Hodja, ‘measure it for yourself!’