Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Piss And Moan
An elderly lady phoned her telephone company to report that her telephonefailed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions whenit did ring, her pet dog always moaned right before the phone rang. Thetelephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dogor senile elderly lady.He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed thesubscriber's house. The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dogmoaned loudly and the telephone began to ring.Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chainand collar.2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone numberwas called.4. After a couple of such jolts, the dog would start moaning and thenurinate on himself and the ground.5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone toring.Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning!