A man was looking around a small gift shop when he
came across an amazingly ugly statue of a rat. As he was staring at this
statue, the shopkeeper came up to him and began to speak.
"Sir, I couldn't help but notice your interest in the statue. It's only five
dollars, sir, but the story behind it will cost you fifty."
The man turned back around and looked in shock. "Let me get this straight.
If I buy the statue and the story behind it, I'll be paying fifty-five
dollars. But if I can bear to live without the story, I'll only pay five?
Sold!" He paid the merchant and walked out of the store.
A few moments later, he noticed that a lone rat was following him. He
shrugged, and ignored the rodent, hoping it would leave. When he looked back
again, some five minutes later, he saw that the number of rodents had grown
to maybe fifty rats. A little nervous, he turned back to his path and
continued walking. When he looked around the third time, he saw thousands of
rats following him.
Horribly frightened, the man rushed to a dock overlooking the ocean and
threw the statue as far out to sea as he possibly could. The rats followed
the statue, sinking into the waves like stones.
The man then rushed back to the shop, elated, panicked, and still in shock.
When he burst through the door, the shopkeeper gave a little chuckle. He had
a smug grin on his face as he said, "I expect you've come back to buy the
story." The merchant held out his hand for the fifty dollars.
The customer looked confused for a second, then realized. "Hell no! I wanna
know if you've got a statue of a lawyer here!"