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Question #3654 posted on 02/28/2004 midnight
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Somewhere in Greek mythology, or in a fairy tale, or possibly in both, there's a story in which a woman is expected to separate a pile of grain into its separate kinds in one night; she sits down and weeps, and a colony of ants takes pity on her and does it for her. I'm simply at a loss to recall what this story is, who it involves, where it comes from, or, admissibly, why it is that I terribly want to know.

-A. A. Melyngoch

A: Dear A.A.,

A quick search on Google came up with the following story based on the Greek myth:

http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=bailey&book=hour&story=cupid

Also related but not exactly what you were looking for:

http://www.worldwideschool.org/library/books/youth/fantasy/TheVioletFairyBook/chap19.html

And a Cinderella story where the Buddha comes instead of the fairy godmother:

http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/tam2.html

Interesting stuff.

-FCSM