Ole lived across the river from Clarence–and they didn’t like each other at all. They were yelling all the time across the river at each other.
Ole would yell to Clarence, “If I had a vay to cross dis river, I’d come over dere an beat you up good, yeah sure ya betcha by golly!”
This went on for years. Finally the state built a bridge across the river right there by their houses.
Ole’s wife, Lena, said, “Now is your chance, Ole, why don’t you go over dere & beat up dat Clarence like you said you vould?
Ole said, “OK, by yimmy I tink I vill do yust dat.” Ole started for the bridge but he saw a sign on the bridge & he stopped to read it, then he turned around & went back home.
Lena asked, “Vhy did you come back?”
Ole said, “Lena, I tink I change my mind ’bout beatin’ up dat Clarence, you know, dey put up a sign on da bridge dat says “Clarence is 13 ft. 6 in.” You know, he don’t look dat big vhen I yell at him from across da river.”