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Bud was overseeing his herd in a remote mountainous pasture in California when suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.
The driver, in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban sunglasses and expensive tie, leans out the window and asks Bud, "If I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will you give me a calf?"
Bud looks at the man, obviously a well-to-do city slicker, then looks at his peacefully grazing herd and calmly answers, "Sure, why not?"
The man parks his car, whips out his laptop computer, connects it to his cell phone, and surfs to a NASA page on the Internet, where he calls up a satellite to get an exact fix on his location which he then feeds to another satellite that scans the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo. The city slicker then opens the digital photo and exports it to an image processing facility.
Within seconds, he receives an email on his phone that the image has been processed and the data stored. He then accesses a database through a connected spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few seconds, receives a response.
Finally, he prints out a full-color, 15 page report on his hi-tech, miniaturized printer and finally turns to the cowboy and says, "You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves."
"That's right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves," says Bud. He watches the well-dressed man select one of the animals and looks on amused as the man stuffs it into the trunk of his car.
Then Bud says to the man, "Hey, if I can tell you exactly what your business is, will you give me back my calf?"
The man thinks about it for a couple of seconds and then says, "Okay, why not?"
"You're a consultant," says Bud.
"Wow! That's correct," says the well dressed man, "but how did you guess that?"
"No guessing required." answered the cowboy. "You showed up here even though nobody called you; you want to get paid for an answer I already know, to a question I never asked. You tried to show me how much smarter than me you are; and you don't know a thing about cows ... this is a herd of sheep.
"Now give me back my dog."