A Texas lawyer sought an loan for a client from FHA in Washington D.C. He was told the loan would be granted if he could prove satisfactory title to a parcel of property being offered as collateral. The title to the property dated back to 1866, which took the lawyer three months to track down. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply:
"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1866. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."
Annoyed, the Texas lawyer responded as follows:
"Your letter regarding title in Case No. 189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have the title extended further than the 137 years covered by the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working in the property area, would not know that the United States occupied by military force the Republic of Texas in 1866, the year of origin identified in our application, but prior to that the State of Texas seceded from the Union in 1861, and prior to that the Republic of Texas was admitted by the U.S. in 1846
For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to U.S. occupation was obtained from the Republic of Texas, which had acquired it by Right of Independence from Mexico in 1836, and prior to that Mexico by Right of Independence from Spain in 1821. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to India by the Spanish monarch, Isabella. The good queen, Isabella, being pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus' expedition.
Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Texas. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back, to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it AND the FHA. I hope the hell you find God's original claim to be satisfactory.
Now, may we have our damn loan?"
The loan was approved.