“I once knew a man in New Zealand who hadn’t a tooth in his head”

He would say eagerly, excitedly, “I once knew a man in New Zealand who hadn’t a tooth in his head”–here his animation would die out; a silent, reflective pause would follow, then he would say dreamily, and as if to himself, “and yet that man could beat a drum better than any man I ever saw.”

– Mark Twain on Artemus Ward in “How to Tell a Story”

Makes me laugh every time I read it.