Actually he not only looked stupid but also nasty; and people never wanted him around them.
One day, he got to the blacksmith’s workshop. Not wanting to see him, the blacksmith did all in vain to send him away. His shouts soon brought a small crowd that was curious to see what was amiss between the two men.
To frighten him off, the blacksmith removed a red-hot iron from the furnace and pointed it at him, threatening to burn him with it if he did not leave at once.
The fool was unperturbed. Instead, gazing at the blacksmith intently, he said, “Give me ten dollars and I will lick it.”
The blacksmith saw in that his chance to send him away once and for all. Thus, hastily, he removed a ten-dollar coin from his pocket and handed it to the fool.
Seeing the brilliance of what he had done the watching-crowd saluted the action with a thunderous applause while the fool swaggered away.