Friday, December 22, 2006

Arabian Nights: The Tale of the Incomplete Sunday Times

Friend of mine goes to buy a Sunday Times from his local Arab-run newstand. He pays his $3.50 and realizes that the paper feels light. He flips through it to make sure all the sections are intact and discovers that numerous sections are missing. He informs the news vendor, who sends his colleague out to check all the papers. It turns out that all copies on sale are missing the same three or four sections. My friend and the news vendor exchange looks, and my friend asks for his money back. The vendor begrudgingly returns the money. My friend says, "You can't sell papers in that condition."

To which the vendor haughtily replies, "Not everyone wants it complete!"

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