19 07 2009

[…]

‘Thank you. Since we decided a few weeks ago to adopt the leaf as legal tender, we have, of course, all become immensely rich’.

Ford stared in disbelief at the crowd who were murmuring appreciatively at this and greedily fingering the wads of leaves with which their track suits were stuffed.

‘Bu we have also’, continued the management consultant, ‘run into a small inflation problem on account of the high level of leaf availability, which means that, I gather, the current going rate has something like three decidious forests buying one ship’s peanut.’

‘So in order to obviate this problem,’, he continued, ‘and effectively revalue the leaf, we are about to embark on a massive defoliation campaign and…er, burn down all the forests. I think you’ll all agree that’s a sensible move under the circumstances.’

 

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