Cowboy and the Yuppie Joke
A West Texas cowboy was herding his cows in a remote pasture when
suddenly a brand-new BMW advanced out of a dust cloud towards him.
The driver, a young man in a Brioni suit, Gucci shoes, Ray Ban
sunglasses and YSL tie, leaned out the window and asked the cowboy, “If
I tell you exactly how many cows and calves you have in your herd, will
you give me a calf?”
The cowboy looked at the man, obviously a yuppie, then looked at his
peacefully grazing herd and calmly answered, “Sure, Why not?”
The yuppie parked his car, whiped out his Dell notebook computer,
connected it to his Cingular RAZR V3 cell phone, and surfed to a NASA
page on the Internet, where he called up a GPS satellite navigation
system to get an exact fix on his location which he then fed to another
NASA satellite that scanned the area in an ultra-high-resolution photo.
The young man then opened the digital photo in Adobe Photoshop and
exported it to an image processing facility in Hamburg, Germany. Within
seconds, he received an email on his Palm Pilot that the image had been
processed and the data stored.>
He then accessed a MS-SQL database through an ODBC connected Excel
spreadsheet with email on his Blackberry and, after a few minutes,
received a response.
Finally, he printed out a full-color, 150-page report on his hi-tech,
miniaturized HP LaserJet printer and finally turned to the cowboy and
said, “You have exactly 1,586 cows and calves.”
“That’s right. Well, I guess you can take one of my calves,” said the
cowboy. He watched the young man select one of the animals and looked on
amused as the young man stuffed it into the trunk of his car.
Then the cowboy said to the young man, “Hey, if I can tell you exactly
what your business is, will you give me back my calf?” The young man
thought about it for a second and then said, “Okay, why not?”
“You’re a Congressman for the U.S. Government”, said the cowboy.
“Wow! That’s correct,” said the yuppie, “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
knew, 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
Now give me back my dog.”