A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a
bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the
bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity.
John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only
polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of
to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back.
John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even ruder. John, in desperation,
threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a
few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then
suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a
Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened
the door to the freezer. The parrot calmly stepped out onto
John's outstretched arms and said, "I believe I may have offended
you with my rude language and actions. I'm sincerely remorseful
for my inappropriate transgressions and I fully intend to do
everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior."
John was stunned at the change in the bird's attitude. As he was
about to ask the parrot what had made such a dramatic change in his
behavior, the bird continued, "May I ask what the turkey did?"