An astronomer is on an expedition to Darkest Africa to observe a total eclipse of the sun, which will only be observable there, when he’s captured by cannibals.
So, in the few words of the cannibals’ primative tongue that he knows, he asks his guard what time they plan to kill him.
The guard’s answer is, “Tradition has it that captives are to be killed when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky on the day after their capture so that they may be cooked and ready to be served for the evening meal”.
“Great”, the astronomer replies.
The guard continues, though, “But because everyone’s so excited about it, in your case we’re going to wait until after the eclipse.”