Barcelona - Spain:- A man caused quite a stir in this cosmopolitan Catalan city this morning, as he paraded around the city's central square, Placa Espana, wearing a placard which stated:
'I AM AN IDIOT AND PROUD OF IT!'
A group of curious onlookers quickly gathered, with one challenging the man, by asking him why he was wearing the placard?
"I am proud to wear this placard because I am an idiot," the man told the onlooker. An argument then ensued as the man stumbled onto the legs of a beggar, who had been sitting by a wall with a motley collection of stray dogs for company. The beggar then got quickly to his feet and challenged the self-confessed idiot to a fight.
And the dogs started barking.
"I will fight you, because I am an idiot," the idiot replied, as the two squared up to one another in the square. The sudden escalation of unpleasantness prompted several well meaning bystanders to intervene, in order to separate the potential combatants.
"Have you no shame?" One well dressed lady challenged.
"Of course I have no shame!" the idiot shouted back. "Because I am an idiot! You fool!" At which point, the well dressed lady attempted to spear the idiot through the placard with a lunging thrust of the point of her umbrella.
"Nobody calls me a fool!" the lady raged. "Especially an idiot!"
The idiot, although a self-confessed idiot, was no slouch on his toes and managed to duck the thrust with a spot of foot lightness.
At which point two police officers of the Guardia Civil arrived and demanded to know what on earth was going on. The well dressed lady and the tramp demanded that the idiot be arrested. When quizzed by the officers, they accused the idiot of being an idiot, but the officers communicated that they couldn't arrest the idiot simply because he is an idiot.
The idiot just laughed.
Eventually the crowd dispersed, and the idiot told reporters:
"Life's great when you're an idiot. I'm proud of being an idiot. I flaunt my idiocy! I'm a right buffoon, me! Tell the world! Tell them there's an idiot on the loose!"
When asked what he intended to do next, the idiot replied that he'd just go somewhere else and act like an idiot. Although he didn't say where.
"It might be right in your own back yard," the idiot said with idiotic simplicity. "Who knows? Hah! Have it!"
More as we get it.