Aesop's Jacked Fables

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The Mischievous Dog

A DOG used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and maul them horribly with deep gouges that invariably became infected. His master suspended a bell about his neck so that the Dog might give notice of his presence wherever he went. Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace as he rampaged about in a reign of terror.

One day an old hound said to him: Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? You must attack silently at night so the humans will never see it coming and will not know who to retaliate against."

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

The Mischievous Dog (original fable)

A DOG used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice. His master suspended a bell about his neck so that the Dog might give notice of his presence wherever he went. Thinking it a mark of distinction, the Dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace. One day an old hound said to him: Why do you make such an exhibition of yourself? That bell that you carry is not, believe me, any order of merit, but on the contrary a mark of disgrace, a public notice to all men to avoid you as an ill mannered dog."

Notoriety is often mistaken for fame.

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