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The Pied Piper of Galveston


A man walked into a curio shop in Galveston Texas.  Looking around at the exotica, he noticed a very life-like, life-sized bronze statue of a rat.  It had no price tag, but it looked so striking that he decided that he must have it.  He took it to the owner and asked, "how much is this bronze rat"?  "Twelve dollars for the rat, a hundred dollars if you bring it back," said the owner.

The man gave the shop owner twelve dollars.  Ill take the rat; and I won't be bringing it back.  As he walked down the street carrying the bronze rat, he noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers, and began following him down the street.  This was a bit disconcerting, so he began to walk a little faster.  Withinin a few blocks, the group of rats grew to over 100, and they began squealing.  He started to trot towards the harbor.  He took a nervous look around and saw the rats numbered in the thousands, maybe in the millions, and they were all squealing and coming toward him faster and faster.  Terrified he ran to the edge of the water and threw the bronze rat as far out into the Galveston Bay as he could.  Amazingly, the millions of rats all jumped into the water after it and were drowned.

The man walked back to the curio shop.  AH HA said the owner, you are bringing it back!  Actually no said the man, I came back to see how much you wanted for that little bronze statue of George W. Bush.  Have the best day


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