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A shepherd was herding his flock in a remote pasture when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of the dust cloud towards him. The driver, a young man in a Broni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked,

"If I tell you exactly how many sheep you have in your flock, will you give me one?"

The shepherd looked at the man, obviously a confirmed yuppie, then looked at his peacefully-grazing flock,

"Sure, said he."

The yuppie parked his car, produced his IBM Thinkpad and connected it to a cell phone. After several minutes of database lookups and computations a 130 page report is produced. After consulting this document the man turns to the shepherd and says,

"You have exactly 1586 sheep."

"That is correct; take one of the sheep" said the shepherd.

The young man selects one of the animals and bundle it into his car.

The shepherd continues,

"If I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my animal ?"

"Why not" answered the fellow.

"Clearly, you are a consultant."

"You're right," exclaimed the man, "but how did you guess that?"

"No guessing required," replied the shepherd. "You turned up here although nobody called you. You want to get paid for an answer I already knew, to a question I never asked, and you're an idiot when it comes to my business. Now give me back my dog ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"The best servants of the people, like the best valets, must whisper unpleasant truths in the master’s ear. It is the court fool, not the foolish courtier, whom the king can least afford to lose."

- Walter Lippmann (1889–1974), US journalist