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- 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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