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tourist walks into a curio shop in Hong Kong . Looking
around at the exotica, he notices a small bronze statue
of a rat. It has no price tag, but it is so striking
he decides he must have it. He takes it to the owner
and asks, "How much for
the bronze rat statute?"
dollars for the rat ... a hundred dollars for the story,"
says the inscrutable Chinese shop owner.
tourist gives the man twelve dollars, stating, "I'll just
take the rat ... you can keep the story."
he walks down the street carrying his bronze rat, the man
notices that a few real rats have crawled out of alleys
and sewers and have begun swirling around his feet.
One even tries to gnaw on his ankle. This is a bit
disconcerting, so he begins to walk away faster, but the
rats follow him.
a couple blocks, the group of rats behind him has grown
to more than a hundred, and they begin squealing.
He starts to trot toward Kowloon Bay. He takes a nervous
look over his shoulder and sees that the rats now number
in the thousands, maybe millions. They are all squealing
and racing towards him faster and faster.
he runs towards a wharf on the edge of the Bay. Seeing
a lamp post overhanging the Bay, he leaps high into the
air, wraps one arm around the lamp post, and throws the
bronze rat as far out into the Bay as he can. To
his relief, the millions of rats go teeming over the edge
of the wharf like so many lemmings. They quickly drown
and rise to the top in a huge carpet of decaying rat flesh.
staggers back to the curio shop. "Ahh...," says the
Chinese shop owner, "I'll bet you have come back for the
said the man, "But do you have a little bronze statute of
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man went to a therapist about an obsession that was ruining
his life. "It's baseball, Doc. Baseball
is destroying me. I can't even get away from it in
my sleep. As soon as I close my eyes, I'm out there chasing
a fly ball or running around the bases. When I wake
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, when you close your eyes, try to imagine yourself at a
party at which someone is about to give you several million
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