May 6, 2010

The Pied Piper

A not so rich Nepali tourist walked into a Sydney antique shop. He noticed a very life-like bronze statue of a rat. It was so striking that he decided to buy it.He took it to the owner and said: 'How much is this bronze rat?'
The owner replied: 'It's $12 for the rat, and $100 for the story.'
The fellow gave the owner his $12 and said, 'I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story!'
As he walked off down the street, he noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the drains and begun following him. He started to walk a little faster, but within a couple of blocks, the swarm of rats had grown to hundreds, and they were all squealing and screeching in a very menacing way.
He increased his speed and ran on towards Sydney Harbour and as he ran, he looked behind him and saw the rats now numbered in their MILLIONS, and they were running faster and faster.
By now, very concerned, he ran down to the pier and threw the bronze rat as far out into the water as he could.
Amazingly, the millions of real rats jumped into the water after it, and were all drowned.
The man walked back to relate all this to the shop owner, who said, 'Ah, you've come back for the story then?
'Hell no!' said the Nepali tourist, 'I came back to see if you've got any bronze Nepali Politician?