In days of yore, one of our tasks during Geography field camp
was to go around and interview
the various ranchers
in the area about various things that are of interest to human geography
. We (at least some of us) quickly learned (after getting chased off one ranch with a shotgun) not to ask a rancher how many head of cattle
he owned, as it was the same thing as asking how much money he had.
Oh, all right. I made up the part about getting chased off with a shotgun. But never let the truth get in the way of a good story.