One of my children's favourite ArabicFolkTales is this short story from Iraq.
Bahlul is one of the well known 'fools' of Arabic folklore, the prototype of the 'learned idiot'.
Bahlul and the Sweetmeats
Once Bahlul was included among the guests at a sumptuous banquet in the house of a wealthy merchant. Among the delicacies that were offered was a dish of Damascene nougat. What is this? asked a fellow diner.
I don't know, said Bahlul, but I have heard people say that the most exquisite thing on earth is a bath. This, I think, must be a bath!
Arab Folk Tales, Translated and edited by Inea Bushnaq, 1986, ISBN 0-14-059510-4