The Clever Shepherd

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

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

    The shepherd looks at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looks at his
    peacefully grazing flock and calmly answers, "Sure. Why not?"

    The yuppie parks his car, whips out his Dell notebook computer,
    connects it to his AT&T cell phone, surfs to a NASA page on the
    internet, where he calls up a GPS satellite navigation system to get an
    exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another NASA satellite
    that scans the
    area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.

    The young man then opens the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
    exports it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany.

    Within seconds, he receives an email on his Palm Pilot that the image
    has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a MS-SQL
    database through an ODBC connected Excel spreadsheet with
    hundreds of complex formulas.

    He uploads all of this data via an email on his Blackberry and, after a
    few minutes, receives a response.

    Finally, he prints out a full-color, 150-page report on his
    hi-tech,miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turns to the
    shepherd and says,

    "You have exactly 1586 sheep."

    "That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my sheep." says the
    shepherd. He watches the young man select one of the animals and looks
    on amused as the young man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.

    Then the shepherd says to the young man, "Hey, if I can tell you
    exactly
    what your business is, will you give me back my sheep?"

    The young man thinks about it for a second and then says, "Okay, why
    not?"

    "You're a consultant." says the shepherd. "Wow! That's correct," says
    the yuppie, "but how did you guess that?"

    "No guessing required." answered the shepherd.

    "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid
    for an answer I already knew; to a question I never asked; and you don't
    know jack shite about my business" ............................................. ...................................................................................................
    "Now give me back my dog."
     

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