[Jokes] A really awfowl joke

Chris McKenna cmckenna at sucs.swan.ac.uk
Thu Jul 19 22:41:32 BST 2001

My uncle was in the fertilized egg business when I was young. He had
several hundred young layers, called pullets, and 8 or 10 roosters whose
job was to fertilize the eggs.

My uncle kept records and any rooster or pullet that didn't perform well
went into the pot and was replaced. Now this took an awful lot of time. So
when my uncle saw a set of eight tiny bells that each rang a different
tone he promptly bought them.

He glued a piece of foam rubber to each clapper shaft so the bell wouldn't
ring except when violently shaken. He hung a bell on each rooster's neck
and went and mixed a Mint Julep. Now he could sit on the porch and sip
while filling out an efficiency report on the roosters by listening to the
different tones of the bells and marking down each encounter.

My uncle's favorite rooster was Old Brewster. A very fine specimen he was
but his bell did not ring all morning. Uncle went to investigate. Several
roosters were chasing pullets, bells a-ringing. Brewster had his bell in
his beak so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and
walk on to the next one.

Uncle was so proud of Brewster he entered him in the county fair. Brewster
was an overnight sensation.

They not only awarded him the No Bell prize but also the Pullet Surprise.

Chris 'Awkward' McKenna

cmckenna at sucs.swan.ac.uk
awkward at gmx.co.uk

The essential things in life are seen not with the eyes,
but with the heart

Antoine de Saint Exupery

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