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PIONEERS

Two men disagree on the number of stars
and the quantity of jelly beans in a gallon jar.
Then there's something the men want badly enough
they're willing to give something up.

"You're right, Jack," says Bob, "There's a zillion
stars and as many beans in that gallon jar."
"No, Bob," says Jack, "I think you're right.
There's a zillion beans and stars in the night."

Now Jack controls the market in the South.
And Bob controls the market in the North.
The West remains untouched, so far, until
three men disagree on the number of stars.

      — Michael Rothenberg