> A shepherd was tending his flock in a remote pasture > when suddenly a brand-new Jeep Cherokee appeared out of > a dust cloud, advanced toward him and stopped. The > driver, a 24-year-old young man wearing a Brioni suit, > Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and a YSL tie, leaned > out of the window and asked our shepherd, "If I can > tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, > will you give me one?" > > The shepherd looked at the young guy, then at his > peacefully grazing flock, and calmly answered, "Sure." > > The young man parked his car, whipped out his notebook > computer, connected it to a cell phone, surfed to a > NASA page on the Internet where he called up a GPS > satellite navigation system, scanned the area, then > opened up a database and some Excel spreadsheets with > complex formulas. He finally printed out a 150-page > report on his hi-tech miniaturized printer, turned > around to our shepherd and said, "You have here exactly > 1,586 sheep!" > > "Amazing! That's correct! Like I agreed, you can take > one of my sheep," said the shepherd. > > The shepherd watched the man make a selection and > bundle it into his Cherokee. When he was finished the > shepherd said, "If I can tell you exactly what your > political persuasion is, where you're from and who you > work for, will you give me my sheep back?" > > "Okay, why not," answered the young man. > > "You're a Democrat from Palm Beach and you're working > for Jesse Jackson," said the shepherd. > > "Wow! That's correct," said the young man. "How did you > ever guess that?" > > "Easy," answered the shepherd. "Nobody called you, but > you showed up here anyway. You want to be paid for > providing a solution to a question for which I already > knew the answer. And, you don't have any idea what > you're doing because you just took my dog."