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Markus Wennrich - Fri Jul 09 18:09:56 1999

A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on 
display.  While he was there another customer walked in and said to the 

"I'll have a C monkey please". The shopkeeper nodded, went over to a 
cage at the side of the shop, and took out a monkey.  He fit a collar 
and leash and handed it to the customer, saying "That'll be $5000". The 
customer paid and walked out with his monkey.  Startled, the tourist 
went over to the shopkeeper and said, "That was a very expensive 

Most of them are only a few hundred dollars.  Why did it cost so much?"

The shopkeeper answered, "Ah, that monkey can program in C - very fast, 
tight code, no bugs, well worth the money." The tourist looked at the 
monkey in another cage. "That one's even more expensive - $10,000!  
What does it do?" "Oh, that one's a C++ monkey; it can manage object-
oriented programming, Visual C++, even some Java.  All the really 
useful stuff," said the shopkeeper. The tourist looked around for a 
little longer and saw a third monkey in a cage of its own.  The price 
tag around its neck  read $150,000.  He gasped to the shopkeeper, "That 
one costs more than all the others put together! What on earth does it 

The shopkeeper replied, "Well, I haven't actually seen it do anything, 
but it says it's a SAP consultant."   

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