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A motorist, driving in the countryside, hit and killed a calf that was crossing the road.

The driver went to the owner of the calf and explained what had happened. He then asked what the animal was worth.

“Oh, about $300 today,” said the owner. “But in four years it would have been worth $3,000. So $3,000 is what I have lost.”

The motorist sat down and wrote out a check and handed it to the farmer.

“Here,” he said, “is the check for 3,000. It’s postdated four years from now.”

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