Monday, April 16, 2007

Old Al

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called "pullets" and eight or ten roosters, whose job it was to fertilize the eggs.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced. That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells. The farmer's favorite rooster was old Al, and a very fine specimen he was. But on this particular morning John noticed old Al's bell hadn't rung at all!

John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. But to Farmer John's amazement, Al had he bell in his beak, so it wouldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of Al, he entered him in to Boone County Fair and Al because and overnight sensation among the judges.

The result . . . the judges not only awarded Al the No Bell Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well. Clearly Al was a politician in the making - who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention?

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