• Salesman and Monkeys

    There was once a hat-salesman who passed by a forest on his way back a sales trip. The weather was very hot and he decided to take a nap under one of the trees, so he left his whole basket of hats by the side of the road. A few hours later, he was awakened by some sounds.

    The next thing he realized was that all his hats were gone. Then he heard some monkeys on top of the tree and he looked up. To his surprise, the tree was full of monkeys.

    They have taken all his hats!

    The hat-seller sits down and tries to think of how he can get the hats down. He started to think and scratched his head.

    The next moment, he realized that the monkeys were doing the same thing.

    Next, he took off his own hat and fanned himself. The monkeys did exactly the same! An idea struck him - he took his hat and threw it on the ground. And the monkeys did the same too. So, he managed to get all his hats back. Fifty years later, his grandson also became a hat-salesman and had heard this monkey story from his grandfather.

    One day, just like his grandfather, he passed by the same forest. Feeling very hot, he took a nap under the same tree and left the hats on the ground Again, when he woke up, he realized that all his hats were gone.

    He looked up and found that the monkeys had taken all his hats. Remembering what his grandfather had told him, he started scratching his head and the monkeys followed. He took off his hat and fanned himself and again the monkeys followed. Now, very convinced of his grandfather's idea, he threw his hat on the ground... but to his surprise, the monkeys still held on to all the hats!

    Then one monkey climbed down the tree, grabbed the hat on the ground, gave him a slap and said, "You think only you have a grandfather?!"
    [ Author Unknown -- from 'Buffalos Chips' (buffalos-g-jokes.yahoogroups.com) ]

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