"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Thursday, August 19, 2004

Another joke

Another joke from my friend T.K. - internet related:

Subject: Fw: How the Internet Began


>Subject: How the Internet Began
>
> >In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham
>Com
> >did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dot.
> >
> >And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg.
>Indeed,
> >she
> >had been called 'Amazon Dot Com.'
> >
> >And she said unto Abraham, her husband, "Why doth thou travel far from
>town
> >to
> >town with thy goods when thou can trade without ever leaving thy tent?"
> >
> >And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short
>of
> >a
> >camel load, but simply said, "How, dear?"
> >And Dot replied, "I will place drums in all the towns and drums in
>between
> >to
> >send messages saying what you have for sale and they will reply telling
>you
> >which hath the best price. And the sale can be made on the drums and
> >delivery
> >made by Uriah's Pony Stable (UPS)."
> >
> >Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the
> >drums.
> >And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all
>the
> >goods he had at the top price, without ever moving from his tent.
> >
> >But this success did arouse envy. A man named Maccabia did secrete
>himself
> >inside Abraham's drum and was accused of insider trading. And the young
>man
> >did
> >take to Dot Com's trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung.
> >They
> >were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Siderites, or NERDS for
> >short.
> >
> >And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the
> >deafening
> >sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to the
> >drum
> >maker, one Brother William of Gates, who bought up every drum company in
> >the
> >land. And indeed did insist on making drums that would work only with
> >Brother
> >Gates' drumheads and drumsticks.
> >
> >And Dot did say, "Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over
>by
> >others."
> >
> >And as Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel, or as it came to be
> >known
> >"eBay" he said, "We need a name that reflects what we are."
> >
> >And Dot replied, "Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators."
> >
> >"YAHOO," said Abraham.
> >
> >And that is how it all began. It wasn't Al Gore after all.
So now you know!!

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