Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?

Monday, August 25

Did you ever have one of those days?

A magician was spending the winter working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. Since the audience was different every week, he thought it would be perfectly acceptable to do the same routine of tricks each time -- but he had forgotten that the captain's parrot would see the show each time. After a short while, it began to understand how the magician did every trick; and then it started commenting on them during the show: "Look, it's not the same hat!" "Look, he is hiding the flowers under the table!" "Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?" The magician was furious, but he could not do a thing about it. The bird was, after all, the captain's parrot.

And then, one day, the ship sank. The magician found himself clinging to a piece of wood in the middle of the ocean, and wouldn't you know it, the parrot had found a perch on the other side. They stared at each other for hours, for days, for nearly a week, before the parrot finally broke: "Okay, I give up. Where is the boat?"


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