At the banana factory, Mr. Tally Man was the man with the plan. He knew how to count bananas faster than anyone else and always got the job done with ease. But last thursday, he was faced with a problem he never anticipated – too many bananas!
The factory had received a record-breaking shipment of bananas, and Mr. Tally Man was tasked with tallying every single one of them. He started out strong, counting banana after banana and feeling confident. But as the day went on, the piles of bananas grew bigger and bigger, and he started to sweat.
At one point, he even found himself talking to the bananas. "Hey there, little guy," he muttered to one particularly green banana. "You look like a good one. I'm sure you'll make someone very happy someday." He shook his head, realizing he was going a bit bananas himself.
Hours passed, and Mr. Tally Man was nowhere near finished. He tried to speed up his counting by using a calculator, but his finger slipped, and he ended up accidentally ordering 10,000 bananas instead of adding them up. "Oh no!" he exclaimed. "I'm never going to finish at this rate."
Just then, a colleague walked by and noticed Mr. Tally Man's distress. "Hey, buddy, you look like you could use a break," she said. "Why don't you take a load off and have a banana?"
Mr. Tally Man reluctantly accepted the offer and bit into the sweet fruit. "Mmm, this is good," he said, feeling a sense of relief wash over him. "Maybe I can count better on a full stomach."
But that was not to be. The bananas proved too tasty, and soon Mr. Tally Man was chowing down on them like there was no tomorrow. "Oops," he said, realizing he'd forgotten to tally them. "I'll start again tomorrow."
The next day, Mr. Tally Man was back at it, determined to get the job done. He came up with a new strategy – he would keep a tally of every tenth banana he counted and use that as a reference point. Surprisingly, it worked, and he managed to finish tallying all the bananas with time to spare.
As he walked out of the factory, Mr. Tally Man couldn't help but laugh at the absurdity of the previous day. "Never again," he said, shaking his head. "I'm going to stick to apples from now on."