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The Best Pet
A man goes into a pet shop and tells the owner that he wants to buy a pet
that can do everything.
The owner says, "How about a dog?"
The man replies, "A dog? That's so ordinary! And a dog can't do
The owner says, "How about a cat?"
The man replies, "No way! A cat certainly can't do everything. I want a
pet that can do everything!"
The owner thinks for a minute, then says, "I've got it -- a
centipede!" The man says, "A centipede? I can't imagine a centipede
doing everything. But, okay ... I'll try a centipede."
He gets the centipede home and says to it, "Clean the kitchen."
Thirty minutes later, he walks into the kitchen and it's immaculate. All the
dishes and silverware have been washed, polished, dried and put away. The
countertops have been cleaned. The appliances are sparkling. The floor has been
He's absolutely amazed. He says to the centipede, "Go clean the living
Twenty minutes later he walks into the living room. The carpet has been
vacuumed, the furniture clean and dusted, the pillows on the sofa plumped and
the plants watered. The man thinks to himself, "This is the most amazing
thing I've ever seen. This is truly a pet that can do everything."
He says to the centipede, "Run down to the corner and get me a
newspaper." The centipede walks out the door. Ten minutes later, no
centipede. Twenty minutes later, no centipede. Thirty minutes later, no
The man is wondering what's going on. The centipede should have been back in
a couple of minutes. Forty-five minutes later, still no centipede! The man can't
imagine what happened. Did the centipede run away? Did it get run over by a car?
Finally, he goes to the front door and opens it... and there's the centipede
sitting right outside the door.
The man says, "Hey! I sent you 45 minutes ago to run down to the corner
and get me a newspaper. What's the story?"
The centipede says, "I'm goin'! I'm goin'! I'm puttin' on my
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