There was once a Chinese emperor who had very refined taste buds and would
eat only the finest of foods. He employed many people whose jobs involved just traveling
the length and breadth of the land to find food of the highest quality for their
emperor. It was unfortunate for them, however, that the emperor had peculiar
One day the emperor called in his staff and said, "Well, today I want to
eat a one hundred year old egg. This egg must be exactly one hundred years
Well imagine the commotion in the palace! His staff jumped on their horses
and traveled all over, trying to find an egg which was exactly one hundred years
old. They looked and looked, and finally returned to the palace and approached
the emperor. "Well", said the emperor, "did you find my
One of his servants stepped forward and addressed his majesty. "No
sir", he said, "we did not find an egg that was exactly one hundred
years old. But we do have one here which is about fifty years old."
The emperor replied, "No Way! You know I hate fast food!"