Fi Lyne, email

IN FRONT of a delicatessen, an antique collector noticed a little kitten lapping milk from a saucer.

The antique collector immediately noticed that the saucer was a rare, priceless piece of pottery. So he quickly hatched a plan. He entered the store and promptly offered the shopkeeper two dollars for the kitten.

“He’s not for sale,” the shopkeeper said.

“Okay,” the collector said. “I’ll give you $10 then.”

“All right, deal,” the shopkeeper replied.

“And for $10 I’m sure you won’t mind throwing in the saucer,” the collector said. “The kitten seems so happy drinking from it.”

“No way!” the shopkeeper said. “That’s my lucky saucer. With that saucer, I’ve sold 16 cats this week.”