A guy named David received a parrot for his birthday.
The parrot was fully grown, with a bad attitude and
worse vocabulary. Every other word was an expletive.
Those that weren’t expletives were, to say the least,
rude. David tried hard to change the bird’s attitude
and was constantly saying polite words, playing soft
music, anything he could think of to try and set a
Nothing worked. He yelled at the bird and the bird
yelled back. He shook the bird and the bird just got
more angry and more rude. Finally, in a moment of
desperation, David put the parrot in the freezer.
For a few moments he heard the bird squawk and kick
and scream. Then suddenly there was quiet. Not a
sound for half a minute. David was frightened that he
might have hurt the bird and quickly opened the
freezer door. The parrot calmly stepped out onto
David’s extended arm and said, ‘I believe I may have offended
you with my rude language and actions. I will
endeavor at once to correct my behavior. I really am
truly sorry and beg your forgiveness.’
David was astonished at the bird’s change in attitude
and was about to ask what had made such a dramatic
change when the parrot continued, ‘May I ask what the