A Different Kind of Animal
A real estate broker was recently overheard expressing
her respect for developers and the risks they take.
"Developers," she said, "are a special kind of
breed - they shape our world and create the paths on which we walk. Indeed,
a special kind of animal..."
Just what kind of animal?
She thinks developers are a lot like the rhinoceros.
She shared his characterization of rhinos:
- Their behavior is aggressive and often unpredictable,
and their charge is often preceded by a lot of snorting and kicking
up of dust.
- They have incredibly thick hide. Their skin
actually resembles metal armor - rivets and all.
- They have no sweat glands and need to take
a lot of mud baths to stay cool.
- All members of the species have an excellent
sense of smell; their nostril cavities actually exceed their brain in
- Their eyesight is quite poor and experts say
they are incapable of seeing what lies directly ahead during a charge.
Quite often they miss their targets.
- A group of rhinos is not known as a herd but
as a "crash."
- And finally, rhinos tend to pile up dung to
mark their territory. The dung heap marks the center of the territory
and acts as a stimulus to other rhinos. Other rhinos in flight cannot
resist the urge to stop and add their contribution to the pile.