An American tourist travelling in Kerry came across a little antique shop in
which he was lucky enough to pick up, for a mere £150, the skull of Brian
Boru. Included in the price was a certificate of the skull's authenticity, signed
by Brian Boru himself. Ten years later the tourist returned to Ireland and asked
the little Kerryman who owned the antique shop if he had any more bargains.
'I've got the very thing for you', said the Kerryman, 'it's the genuine skull
of Brian Boru'.
'You swindler', said the American, 'you sold me that ten years ago', and producing
the skull added, 'look, they're not even the same size'.
'You have it all wrong', said the Kerryman 'this is the skull of Brian Boru when
he was a lad'.