THREE RETIRED GUYS sat on a bench at a beach. “How did you get here?” the first asked the second.
“I had a textile factory,” the second guy replied, “and I did pretty well for a long time. Then the competition from down south got fierce. One day my water pipes burst and ruined all my machinery. I retired and came here on the insurance money. How about you?
“I had a box company,” the first guy said, “and was doing pretty well. Then the price of materials shot up, and I nearly went broke — until a fire destroyed my whole plant. Luckily I was insured, and I moved down here.” He turned to the third man. “And what brought you here?”
“Well,” the third answered, “my clothing factory did okay, but when manufacturers started underselling me, I thought I would go bankrupt. Then a hurricane flattened the building. I got the insurance, retired and came here.”
The other two looked at each other. “How do you make a hurricane?”
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