When Uncle Charlie died of old age, Bill was bequeathed
his uncle's prized Amazon parrot. This parrot was fully
grown--with a bad attitude and a worse vocabulary.
Every other word was an expletive. Those that weren't
expletives were, to say the very least, extremely rude.
Bill tried hard to change the bird's attitude and was
constantly saying polite words, playing soft music--
anything he could think of to try to set a good example.
Exasperated, he yelled at the bird. But the bird just
got louder. Then he shook the parrot. But the bird just
got more angry and more rude.
Finally, in a moment of desperation, Bill put the parrot
in the freezer.
For a few moments he heard the bird squawking, kicking
and screaming. Then, suddenly, all was quiet. Bill was
frightened that he might have hurt his dead uncle's
prized parrot and quickly opened the freezer door.
The parrot calmly stepped out onto Bill's extended arm
and said, "I am truly sorry that I might have offended
you with my language and action, and I humbly ask your
forgiveness. I will now, from this day forth, endeavor
to correct my behavior so that such an ill-conceived
outburst never again occurs."
Bill was completely astonished at the bird's change in
attitude and was about to ask what had caused such a
dramatic change when the parrot continued, "May I ask
what the chicken did?"