Came across this one reading Thomas Friedman's The Lexis and the Olive Tree today. (Good read, had been planning on reading it for ages.) An African finance minister is visiting an Asian finance minister at his impressive palatial estate. Wowed, the African asks the Asian how he can afford the palace on his salary? The Asian walks him over to the window and points outside, "See that bridge over there?", he asks. "Yes". The Asian points to himself, "Ten percent". A year later the African invites the Asian over for dinner at his even grander palatial estate. Intrigued, the Asian asks how he managed to pay for it all. The African points to the window, "See that bridge over there?" The Asian looks outside, "No. What are you talking about? There's no bridge there." The African answers, "Exactly". Smiling, he points to himself. "100 percent".