Saturday, 19 January 2008
02:52:37 PM (GMT)
A Mime in a Zoo
One day an out of work mime is visiting the zoo and attempts to earn some money as a
street performer. As soon as he starts to draw a crowd, a zoo keeper grabs him and
drags him into his office. The zoo keeper explains to the mime that the zoo's most
popular attraction, a gorilla, has died suddenly and the keeper fears that attendance
at the zoo will fall off. He offers the mime a job to dress up as the gorilla until
they can get another one. The mime accepts.
So the next morning the mime puts on the gorilla suit and enters the cage before the
crowd comes. He discovers that it's a great job. He can sleep all he wants, play and
make fun of people and he draws bigger crowds than he ever did as a mime. However,
eventually the crowds tire of him and he tires of just swinging on tires. He begins
to notice that the people are paying more attention to the lion in the cage next to
his. Not wanting to lose the attention of his audience, he climbs to the top of his
cage, crawls across a partition, and dangles from the top to the lion's cage. Of
course, this makes the lion furious, but the crowd loves it.
At the end of the day the zoo keeper comes and gives the mime a raise for being such
a good attraction. Well, this goes on for some time, the mime keeps taunting the
lion, the crowds grow larger, and his salary keeps going up. Then one terrible day
when he is dangling over the furious lion he slips and falls. The mime is terrified.
The lion gathers itself and prepares to pounce. The mime is so scared that he begins
to run round and round the cage with the lion close behind. Finally, the mime starts
screaming and yelling, "Help, Help me!", but the lion is quick and pounces. The mime
soon finds himself flat on his back looking up at the angry lion and the lion says,
"Shut up you idiot! Do you want to get us both fired?"