When a group of friars from a nearby monastery decided to open florist shop in a small town, the town's only other florist was dismayed. He felt the town could never support two florist shops, so he embarked on a campaign to get rid of the friars. He argued with them; he pleaded with them; he threatened to sue them. But nothing worked.

Finally, in desperation, he hired a notorious strong-arm man know as Hugh the Horrible, and instructed him to lean on the monks. Hugh the Horrible visited the rival shop, and so intimidated the poor friars that they immediately packed up and left town.

Moral: ... Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.

Updated at 15:47 EST on Tue Apr 11, 2006