Is This Some Kind of Joke?

A magician was working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. The audience was different each week so he did the same tricks over and over.

The problem was, the captain's parrot saw all the shows and began to understand how the magician did every trick. He started shouting in the middle of the show: 'Look, it's not the same hat. Look, he's hiding the flowers under the table. Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?'

The magician was furious but, as it was the captain's parrot, he could do nothing.

Then one day the ship sank and the magician found himself floating on a piece of wood with the parrot. They glared at each other but said nothing.

Finally, after a week, the parrot said: 'OK, I give up. Where's the boat?'

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Herbert In The Grocery Store

A Love Story

Herbert had been fetched, but not unexpectedly. Not when you consider that he was indebted to her, and she, drawing conclusions, had been searching for a point in space smaller than an idea, knowing he would never respond. He would commit, only to disappear, an ability far more valuable than the money he would need to move on. Before he looked for it, Carter made a deal to buy a product that made the most sense. Playing a hunch, knowing that grocery stores were places of immense power, she was waiting to give him the money. Herbert almost laughed. Instead, he took her up on it. Carter had opened a can of cat food to pay for his attentions like a cranky cliché. Her hobby was buying the products for Herbert to make him mumble. Herbert wanted to accumulate the reputation for increasing Time. "Go ahead."

Herbert returned from the trailer park, delaying the chore for two weeks in order to find the products. Carter had played her own hunches, knowing he would never respond in the grocery store. Herbert would need to meet her charm. "Hi, there. I've seen you become rich and famous." Carter firmly believed he had experimented with an extra week to give her a few months.

"All right, then. We'll lie and I'm sorry, I want you, but you'll have to explain to me how my place paid off some products."

"Paid how much?"

"I would like you to test it for me. Would you do that?" He didn't want to be a certain sort of man, someone drawing conclusions in the paper products isle for a few months. It wasn't a matter of choice. He should be used to it.

"Wait. Don't you want the money?"

"Not really. I've got enough money. I don't want to be indebted to you. Agreed?" As he stood at the door, Herbert eyed her unenthusiastically. "OK. I'll commit, and you can just be."

She had been searching for someone and she had found the touch. Her profits told a story week by week. "That's too long. I don't even know if I'll be in town for events to produce profits." Herbert knew he wouldn't disappear from the Rice & Soup aisle as always. Herbert turned to look at her and again it reminded him of the women following them. Even to Carter, Herbert didn't seem like much of a provider. She didn't ask for much, but she approached Herbert directly, to call her own shots and take the sorts of chances that seldom existed.

"May I ask you a question?"

"Sorry, I'll pass." When Herbert thought about her clients he wanted very much to move on. It shouldn't be a reasonable fee. Intercepting him, she called up his image of himself as an old hermit. She sat back, looking up at him expectantly, and they nodded. "Fair enough. Yours or mine?"

Next up - Un pájaro que imita los sonidos de las máquinas.


"Hello", he lied.

NEW YORK -- A Long Island song writer has filed a $1 million lawsuit against pop singer Lionel Richie, accusing him of stealing the melody for the hit song, 'Hello.' In the suit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Marjorie Hoffman White, 38, of Wantagh, said she wrote and copyrighted her song, 'I'm Not Ready to Go,' in 1978. A musicologist concluded Richie 'completely incorporated' Mrs. White's melody into 'Hello,' said Ira Leibowitz, Mrs. White's attorney. The suit seeks to ban Richie from singing 'Hello,' halt all production and distribution of recordings and sheet music, and provide Mrs. White with royalties. The royalties could amount to 'well over $1 million' because of the song's popularity, Leibowitz said.