When the ships came to bring Odysseus to Troy, Odysseus was ready for them. Not wanting to leave his beloved Ithaca and his family, he pretended to be mad. He yoked together two different animals in the plough, and proceeded to sow his fields with salt (which would prevent crops from growing). His ruse was foiled by the clever Palamedes, who threatened his baby son Telemachus. Odysseus leapt up to save him, proving his sanity.