Mar 122015
In the Ramtop village where they dance the real Morris dance, for example, they believe that no-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away – until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence. — Reaper Man Terry Pratchett (1948-2015)
 Posted by at 13:02:37
Mar 062015

Sent to me in 2009:

Farmer Keith was in the fertilized egg business. He had hundreds of young hens …. called pullets… and ten roosters whose only job was to fertilize the eggs. The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn’t perform went into the soup pot and was replaced. (I wonder if any rooster then could stand to hear “no, no … not tonight.”)

Keeping these records took a lot of time so Keith thought of setting tiny bells on the roosters collars. Each collar had bells that had a different tone so he could tell from a distance which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out his report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer’s favorite rooster was Old Butch, who puffed out his feathers and pulled rank on the other roosters. So it was surprising that on this particular morning that Keith noticed that Old Butch’s bells had not rung at all !

Keith went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing the pullets, their bells ringing making it easy to track them. The hens , hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. But to Farmer Keith’s amazement, Old Butch had his bell in his beak so it would not ring. He would sneak up on a pullet, do his job, and search out the next one. Keith was so proud of Old Butch he entered him into the county fair. The rooster judges made Old Butch world famous and the newspapers picked up the story…

The judges not only awarded Old Butch the “No Bell Piece Prize” but the also awarded him the “Pulletsurprise” as well.

Clearly Old Butch 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 my being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention?

 Posted by at 11:24:57
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