The citizens of Chelm used to spend a good deal of time worrying—so much time, in fact, that they soon began to worry about how much they worried.
The Grand Council of Wise Men convened a meeting to discuss all this worrying and to find a solution for it. For seven days and seven nights the wise men of Chelm discussed the problem, until finally the chairman announced a solution: Yossel, the chimney sweep, would be the official Chelm Worrier. In return for one ruble a week, he would do the worrying for everybody in Chelm. The Grand Council members all agreed that this was the ideal solution, but just before the vote was taken, one of the sages rose to speak against the proposal.
“Wait a minute,” he announced. “If Yossel were to be paid one ruble a week, then what would he have to worry about?”