Pied Piper of Brighton | Too good not to share

31 07 2010

An elderly guy walked into a curio/antique shop in Brighton.  After looking around for a while, he noticed a very life-like bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but it was so striking that he decided to buy it anyway.  He took it to the counter and asked: ‘How much is this bronze rat?’

The owner replied: ‘It’s £12 for the rat, and £100 for the story.’

The man gave the owner the £12 and said: ‘I’ll just take the rat, you can keep the story.’

With the bronze under his arm, he walked off down the street, but it wasn’t long before he noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the sewers and had begun following him.

This was a little disconcerting, so he started to walk a little faster, but within a couple of blocks those first few rats now numbered hundreds, all squealing and screeching in a very menacing way. Naturally, he increased his pace, until at last he was running towards the beach, with millions of rats in pursuit. Onto the pier he fled, the rats hard upon his heels. At the pier’s end, with nowhere left to run, he pitched the bronze rat into the sea. To his great

relief, the rats followed their bronze effigy into the briney, where all drowned

The man retraced his route back to the shop.

‘Ah, so you’ve come back for the story?’ said the owner.

‘No,’ said the man, ‘I came back to see if you do a bronze Muslim Fundamentalist Cleric, an illegal immigrant, or even a politician?’




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