A man walking in the countryside meets a shepherd and a big flock of sheep. The man tells the shepherd: “I will bet you 1000 against one of your sheep that I can tell you the exact number in this flock.”
The shepherd thinks it over; it’s a big flock so he takes the bet. “855,” says the man.
The shepherd is amazed, because this is the exact number. Says “OK, I’m a man of my word, take a sheep.”
Man picks one up and starts walking away. “Wait,” shouts the shepherd, “Let me have a chance to get even. Double or nothing that I can guess your exact occupation!” Man says “OK.”
“You are an economist working for the government,” says the shepherd. “Amazing!” responds the man, “You are exactly right! But tell me, how did you conclude to that?” “Well,” says the shepherd, “put down my dog and I will tell you!”