Christmas Parrot

One day, shortly before Christmas, a man was shopping for a gift for his children, and went into a pet store. The owner showed the man the usual array of pets, puppies, kittens, hamsters, etc., but the man said he was looking for something a little more unique.

The owner said, "I might have what you are looking for!", and took the man into the back room, where a bedraggled looking parrot sat on a perch. "This is Chet. He is a perfect Christmas pet, because he sings Christmas songs."

The owner took a Bic lighter out of his pocket, lit it, and held it under Chet's right wing just far enough away to keep from singing the parrot's feathers. Immediately Chet began to sing, "Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way."

Then the owner held the lighter under Chet's left wing, and the squawky sound of "Silent night. Holy night" poured out of Chet's beak. The man bought the parrot on the spot, and took him home.

His children were gone when he got home, so he decided to check out Chet' talent for himself, just to make sure he hadn't been tricked. He lit a match, held it under Chet's right wing, and sure enough the bird began singing "Jingle bells.", just like before. Moving the match under Chet's left wing produced the same results as in the pet store. "Silent Night."

Being of a curious nature, the man decided to hold the match between Chet's legs to see what would happen. Immediately the parrot began to sing, "Chet's nuts roasting on an open fire.

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