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X Marks the Spot

Moishe Epstein was a new immigrant to America before the war and while he never had a formal education, he always had a good head for business. He opened his own dry goods store, which almost immediately began to prosper. He opened another, and then another and soon enough he was a very rich man.

One day, his bank manager called him and said, “Moishe, I have a question about one of your recent checks. Could you confirm it is one of yours? For years, you've been signing all of your checks with two X’s but this one is signed with three X’s. Is it yours?”

Moishe replied, “Yes, it is.”

“Why the change?” asked the bank manager.

“Since I've become so wealthy, my wife thought I ought to have a middle name.”

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