Not ordinarily...

Friday, February 03, 2006
I would not ordinarily put a joke up, but I want to see if Terrye is paying attention:

An Indiana farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called -- and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned loudly and the telephone began to ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone number was called.

4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate on himself and the ground.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.


terrye said...

Hey, that's pretty funny. Sounds plausible too.

True story...when we started farming we had electric fence everywhere. We got the bright idea to keep the charger in the house. So we ran the wire from the charger via a crack in the window. We ran that to a big oak tree in the yard and from there to a corner of the barn lot.

Lightning hit the tree. I was in the house and it was like a grenade went off. All I could see was a bright blue light and all I could smell was ozone. I hit the floor.

When all was said and done the charger was melted, the phone was melted the TV blew out and the oak was dead.

Next chapter to this tale will be what happened when the hippie back to the lander turned tree trimmer came over to cut down the oak.

Timber was not the word my old man was screaming when that thing hit the ground.