Once there was a man who grew cabbages. Each year, he had a plethora of cabbages, which were generally composted to enrich the soil for next year’s crop.
On the next strip of land but one was a man who raised chickens. He had a superfluity of eggs, which he generally disposed off ergonomically.
One day, Cabbage Man took a walk over to Egg Man’s field and asked if he would like some cabbages in exchange for some eggs. They agreed that a cabbage was worth six eggs and so a bargain was struck- we’ll exchange one cabbage for six eggs when we have a surplus and when it is convenient of us both.
Now, on the separating strip of land lived Something-for-Nothing Man who saw an opportunity. So he went to Egg Man and Cabbage Man and said ‘I’ll have all your surplus eggs and all your surplus cabbages.’
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