On his way home that night, as he walked through town, a man stepped out of an alley in front of him. He tensed to defend himself, but the man just stood there. Looking him over, he realized the man looked like a comedy caricature hippie. Long, unwashed hair and beard, sandals and a sandwich board reading "THE END IS NEAR". That, he thought, was unusual, even for a hippie.
"You want something?" he asked.
"The world's ending," said the hippie. "I need your help."
He stepped around the hippie and kept walking. High as a kite, he thought to himself. The hippie started walking after him, and fell into step beside him.
"Please, I need your help," said the hippie.
"Look, man, I'm really not interested," he said, and kept walking.
The hippie leaned against a wall, watching him walk away. He wasn't all that disappointed; lots of people gave this kind of response. Another skeptic, he thought to himself, fingering the ragged holes through the middle of his hands.