Here's an old favorite from Turkey. I think I heard it first in Bulgaria as a joke. Was it the same joke-telling session where I heard about the inebriated fellow who was trying to spear an slippery olive on his fork? He chased it all around the plate and finally gave up. His friend picked up the fork and decisively stabbed the olive. The first man muttered, "Hmmph. I tired it out."
Nasruddin Hodja and the lost ring
One evening, a man noticed Nasruddin Hodja searching the ground under a street lamp.
"Hodja, what are you looking for?"
"A ring, my son, I lost a ring."
The man stopped to help the Hodja look. After several minutes, he said, "Hodja, are you sure you lost it here?"
"Here? I didn't lose it here. I lost it over by the house."
"Why are you looking here, then?"
"The light under this street lamp is much better than by the house."
The ring in this picture was a present from a family friend who had lived in Turkey. It's a puzzle ring, formed by four linked rings that only fit together one way.