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  1. Sep 19, 2005 #1


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    From an email I got:

    One time, there was a very poor man named bob. bob had a friend names fred who worked at microsoft. fred knew about bob's financial problems, and since bob was very smart, he tried to get bob a job at the company.

    bob did very well at his interviw. he answered all his questions correctly, and impressed the boss. then, he was asked: 'okay, we can start you at $15 an hour, now, I need your email address'. bob told the man that he was ver poor and didn't own a computer, have an email address or have any knowledge on the subject. bob was rejected.

    On his way home, bob noticed a guy selling 10 tomatoes for $5. he just happened to have $5, and bought the tomatoes.

    He was waiting for a car to pass at the crosswalk when the man in the car said, 'hey, how much do you want for those tomatoes, I have $10.' bob sold the tomatoes and made his profit.

    The next day, bob bought 25 tomatoes for $12.50, and eventually sold them for $50. he repeated this precess every day.

    by the end of the year, bob had earned quite a bit of money in the tomato sales, he soon bought a truck to be able to transport tomatoes.

    by the end of the next year, he had a large area where he and his family grew tomatoes and other plants, and 3 more trucks. he was making about $100,000 a year.

    5 years later, microsoft was firing off a whole load of people, of of them was fred. fred was forced to sell his home, and became homeless; bob offered him a small shack, because bob was now making over $5,000,000 in sales.

    which means that by having an email address, you are more likely to become homeless than a millionare :biggrin:
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  3. Sep 19, 2005 #2


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    Aarrrgh ! You completely massacred the punchline (not to say anything of the math :wink:). Anyway, to modify the story ...

    At the beginning, Bob was very poor and was "interviewing" for the position of janitor, at Microsoft.

    <and after Yomamma's story>

    ...Millionaire Bob decides one day, to buy insurance. At the end of the process, the insurance agent asks Bob for him email address. Bob replies that he does not own a computer and has no email address. The agent is shocked. He exclaims, "How on earth have you managed to amass such wealth without the Internet, E-mail and e-commerce? Just imagine where you would have been by now, if you had been connected from the very start!"

    After a moment's silence, Bob replies: "I would have been a janitor at Microsoft!"
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  4. Sep 19, 2005 #3
    Thank you Gokul, that is much better!
  5. Sep 20, 2005 #4

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    No! No! A million times NO!

    That was a mutilation of a very famous short story by W. Somerset Maugham called "The Verger." Read it here:

    edit: or at least go see the last few lines of this story.
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  6. Sep 20, 2005 #5
    Does everyone know the similar one about the homeless man living on the beach, and his rich, fishing-corporation-owning friend?
  7. Sep 20, 2005 #6


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    Mutilation of Maugham story??
    I'm with Chi Meson here; that's sacrilege..

    Everyone should read "The Verger"; it's a great story.
  8. Sep 20, 2005 #7
    Is it about a man who trims the grass on the side of roads? Sounds :zzz: .
  9. Sep 20, 2005 #8

    Chi Meson

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    No, that's "the Merger" by J. Alphabet Balm. Often confused with each other.
  10. Sep 20, 2005 #9


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    Does anyone know about the boy who cried wolf?
  11. Sep 20, 2005 #10
    No, my culture has a different version. The boy cried "Linux" instead and everyone lived happily ever after.
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