"Hey Jack," he said, "how soon can you get here? I need more colours, real bad, real quick."
"Well Joe," replied the Salesman, "I've got a bit of a problem myself. I can't start my deliveries until I figure out the quickest cheapest route to deliver all the orders and return to head office."
"So what's the problem, Jack, can't you work out your route like you've always done before?"
"I wish I could," responded the Salesman, "but the thing is I need a new map: my dog ate the last one."
First published December 2008.
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