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The Dead Parrot

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At dawn the telephone rings, "Hello, Senor Rod? This is Ernesto, the caretaker at your country house."

"Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"

"Um, I am just calling to advise you, Senor Rod, that your parrot, he is dead".

"My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?"

"Si, Senor, that's the one."

"Damn! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?"

"From eating the rotten meat, Senor Rod."

"Rotten meat? Who the hell fed him rotten meat?"

"Nobody, Senor. He ate the meat of the dead horse. "

"Dead horse? What dead horse?"

"The thoroughbred, Senor Rod."

"My prize thoroughbred is dead?"

"Yes, Senor Rod, he died from all that work pulling the water cart."

"Are you insane? What water cart?"

"The one we used to put out the fire, Senor."

"Good Lord! What fire are you talking about, man?"

"The one at your house, Senor! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire."

"What the hell? Are you saying that my mansion is destroyed because of a candle?!"

"Yes, Senor Rod."

"But there's electricity at the house! What was the candle for?"

"For the funeral, Senor Rod."


"Your wife's, Senor Rod". She showed up very late one night and I thought she was a burglar thief, so I hit her with your new Ping G15 204g titanium head golf club with the TFC 149D graphite shaft."


LONG SILENCE.................

VERY LONG SILENCE........................

"Ernesto, if you broke that driver, you're in it DEEP!"
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Good one Joe
This is actually a translation of a very popular (at the time) Russian "pop" song of 1930-s. The main difference is that the person on the phone in the song is the lady of the house. She is getting some very bad news about her household from the servant. The servant starts with mentioning that the horse died, then he gradually uncover the whole set of the household problems, eventually coming to the death of the lady's husband. The servant is repeatedly saying, through the song, in the assuring tone, "everything else is perfectly fine..."
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