A tourist walks into a curio shop in San
Francisco. Looking around at everything, he notices
a very lifelike life-sized bronze statue of a rat.
It has no price tag, but is so striking that he
decides he must have it. He takes it to the owner
and asks, "How much for the bronze rat?" The owner
replies, "$12 for the rat and $100 for the story".
The tourist gives the man $12 and says, "I'll just
take the rat, you can keep the story."
As he walks down the street carrying his bronze rat,
he notices that a few real rats have crawled out of
the alleys and sewers and begun following him down
the street. This is disconcerting, and he begins
walking faster. But within a couple of blocks, the
herd of rats behind him has grown to hundreds, and
they begin squealing. He begins to trot toward the
Bay, looking around to see that the rats now number
in the MILLIONS, and are squealing and coming toward
him faster and faster.
Concerned, even scared, he runs to the edge of the
Bay, and throws the bronze rat as far out into the
water as he can. Amazingly, the millions of rats all
rush past him, jump into the Bay after the bronze rat
and are all drowned.
The man walks back to the curio shop. "Ah ha," says
the owner, "you have come back for the story!"
"No," says the man, "I came back to see if you
have a bronze Republican, a bronze Muslim cleric or Fundamental Baptist."