A man walked into a Brighton curio/antique shop. After looking around for a while, he noticed a very life-like bronze statue of a rat. It had no price tag, but it was so striking that he decided to buy it anyway. He took it to the owner and said, 'How much is this bronze rat?'
The owner replied, 'It's £12 for the rat and £100 for the story.'
So the man handed over his £12 and said, 'I'll take the rat, thankyou, but you can keep the story.'
As he walked off down the street he noticed a few real rats had crawled out of the sewers and begun to follow him. This was somewhat disconcerting so he started to walk a little faster, but within a quarter of a mile there were many hundreds of them and they were all squealing and baring their teeth in a menacing way.
He increased his speed and ran on towards the beach, and as he ran he looked behind him and saw the rats now numbered in their millions and were running faster and faster. By now extremely concerned, the man ran down the pier and threw the bronze rat far out into the water.
Amazingly, the millions of real rats jumped into the water after it and were all drowned.
After walking back to the antique shop the man told the proprietor what had happened and he said, 'Does that mean you've come back for the story?'
'No' replied the man, 'I've come back to see if you've got a bronze Muslim fundamentalist cleric, a paedophile, a Man United supporter and anything French.'