The Bronze Rat
A tourist walked into a Chinese curio shop in San Francisco. While looking around at the exotic merchandise, he noticed a very lifelike, life-sized, bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but was so incredibly striking the tourist decided he must have it. He took it to the old shop owner and asked, "How much for the bronze rat?"
"Ahhh, you have chosen wisely! It is $75 for the rat and $1500 for the story," said the wise old Chinaman.
The tourist quickly pulled out seventy-five dollars. "I'll just take the rat, you can keep the story."
As he walked down the street carrying his bronze rat, the tourist noticed that a few real rats had crawled out of the alleys and sewers and had begun following him down the street.
This was a bit disconcerting, so he began walking faster.
A couple blocks later, he looked behind him and saw to his horror the herd of rats behind him had grown to hundreds, and they began squealing.
Sweating now, the tourist began to trot toward San Francisco Bay. Again, after a few blocks, he looked around only to discover the rats now numbered in the MILLIONS, and were squealing and coming toward him faster and faster!
Terrified, he ran to the edge of the bay and threw the bronze rat as far as he could into the bay.
He was astonished to see that the millions of rats jumped into the bay after the bronze rat and were all drowned.
The tourist walked back to the curio shop in Chinatown.
"Ahhh," said the owner, "You come back for story?"
"No sir," said the man, "I came back to see if you have a bronze Democrat."
(Received in an email dated October 7, 2019. Thanks, Bill.)