The Scorpion and the Frog A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream.
The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back.
The frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?”
The scorpion replies, “Because if I do, I will die too.”
The frog is satisfied, so they set out.
In midstream, the scorpion stings the frog.
The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink.
He has just enough time to gasp, “Why?!”
The scorpion replies: “Its my nature.”
* Confucius, I think; but might’a been me, though, ’cause Confucius would’a said “cloaking.”