Farmer Fred lived on a quiet rural highway. As time went by, the traffic slowly built up at an alarming rate. The traffic got so heavy and so fast that his free range chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a day.
So this particular day Farmer Fred called the local police station to complain, “You've got to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing all of my chickens.”
“What do you want me to do?” asked the policeman.
“I don't care; just do something about those crazy drivers!”
So the next day the policeman had road-workers go out to erect a sign that said:
SLOW: SCHOOL CROSSING
Three days later Farmer Fred called the policeman and said, “You've still got to do something about these drivers. The School Crossing sign seems to make them go even faster!”
So, again, the policeman sent out the road-workers to put up a new sign:
SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY
That really sped them up. So Farmer Fred called and called every day for three weeks.
Finally, he said to the policeman, “Your signs are doing no good. Can I put up my own sign?”
The policeman said, “Sure thing, put up your own sign”. He was going to let Farmer Fred do just about anything in order to get him off his back.
The cop got no more calls from Farmer Fred. Three weeks later, curiosity got the better of the cop and he decided to give Farmer Fred a call. “How’s the problem with those drivers. Did you put up your sign?”
“Oh, I sure did,” replied Farmer Fred, “and not one chicken has been killed since then. I've got to go. I'm very busy.” He hung up the phone.
The policeman was really curious now and he thought to himself, “I'd better go out there and take a look at that sign. It might be something that WE could use to slow down drivers...”
So he drove out to Fred's farm house, and his jaw dropped the moment he saw the sign. It was spray painted on a sheet of plywood...
NUDIST COLONY – SLOW DOWN AND WATCH OUT FOR CHICKS!
Edited by MotherGoose (Tue Jan 25 2011 09:39 PM)
Don't say "I can't" ... say " I haven't learned how, yet." (Reg Bolton)