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Trevor the farmer was in the fertilised egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets’ and eight or ten roosters, whose job it was to fertilise the eggs. The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn’t perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

That took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so Trevor could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer’s favourite rooster was old Jacob, and a very fine specimen he was too. But on this particular morning Trevor noticed old Jacob’s bell hadn’t rung at all! Trevor went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

But to farmer Trevor’s amazement, Jacob had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

Trevor was so proud of Jacob, he entered him in the Polokwane Country Fair and Jacob became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result was the judges not only awarded Jacob the No Bell Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pullet Surprise as well.

Clearly Jacob was a Pulletician in the making: Who else but a Pulletician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.

Do you perhaps know of a Pulletician called Jacob?

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  1. February 18, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I am laughing so hard, I’ve had to wait until I could type the post. Brilliant. May I forward this to my husband, please?

  2. February 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Please do. His name wouldn’t be Jacob would it?

  3. February 18, 2011 at 11:07 am

    No, his name’s Paul. His claim to fame is that he invented the stronger raft process in Gaviscon Advance. The company has made millions out of him. Sadly, but not unexpectedly, he hasn’t seen any of it!

  4. quintin jardine
    February 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Sad but all too common. In the next life he should be a banker.

  5. quintin jardine
    February 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Why can’t you buy Gaviscon in Spain?

  6. February 19, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    No idea. I have asked the question.

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