Lawrence of Arabia once brought Bedouin youths to New York as part of a tour to win Western appreciation for the Arab cause.
When they were about to depart the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, Lawrence noticed a suspicious heaviness to the Bedouin’s luggage.
Upon opening the suitcases, he saw they contained the gold faucets from the sinks of their bathrooms.
The Bedouin explained the theft by appealing to Lawrence’s sympathy for their plight: “We have seen that when the faucet is turned, water pours forth! When we are home and in need of water for our flocks and herds, these faucets will be invaluable!”
Lawrence reproved them: “For a faucet to spout water it must be connected to pipes that, in turn, must be connected to a reservoir. By themselves, these faucets are useless!”