Distraction

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Mark Twain once said that in his youth he was impressed by the tale of a young fellow who secured a job when the employer saw him pick up several pins from the sidewalk outside the firm's offices.

Twain therefore set about his business outside the window of a firm he wanted to work for and began quite ostentatiously to pick up pins he had earlier placed on the sidewalk. After a good number of pins had been thus retrieved a clerk presented himself and said,

"The boss asked me to tell you to move along. Your idiotic behavior is distracting the people working in he office."