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A famous art collector was walking through the city when he noticed a mangy cat lapping milk from a saucer in the doorway of a store and did a double-take. He recognized the saucer was extremely old and very valuable, so he walked casually into the store and offered to buy the cat for $5.

The store owner replied, “I’m sorry, but the cat isn’t for sale.” The collector said, “Please, I need a hungry cat around the house to catch mice. I’ll pay you $50 for that cat.” The owner said, “Sold,” and handed over the cat. The collector continued, “Hey, for the $50, I wonder if you could throw in that old saucer. The cat’s used to it and it’ll save me from having to get a dish.”

The owner said, “Sorry buddy, but that’s my lucky saucer. So far this week I’ve sold 63 cats.”

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