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The Singing Canary

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An elderly woman goes into an upscale pet shop in Brooklyn, walks up to the counter and says: “I want to buy a canary, but it’s got to be a really good singer. I’ve got good, hard U.S. cash, but I’m only paying only for a bird who is a good singer.”

The shop owner began moving a ladder towards a small cage on a shelf about fifteen feet up, near the ceiling of the store.

“Ma’am, I have been forty years in this business. In that cage is the best singing bird I’ve ever had”, the shop owner told her.

“Don’t think I’m gonna feel obligated to pay for something I don’t want just because you’re climbing up a ladder like a monkey”, the elderly woman said. “I want a canary but it’s got to be the best singer.”

By this point in her rant, the shop keeper was coming down from the ladder with the cage.

“Ma’am, this bird is a veritable feathered Caruso!”

Placing the cage on the counter, the bird burst into melody after melody.

The elderly lady murmured in awe, saying: “This bird is really a good singer, it’s amazing.”

Suddenly in a shrill scream she cried out:, “Hey, what’s with you? This bird’s only got one leg.”

The pet store owner was unperturbed, “Lady what do you want a singer? … or a dancer?”

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