Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Dog and the Telephone

A little over three years ago, a West Virginia farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called, and that on the few occasions, when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

Telephone repairman, Gary Lawson, proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.

The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring. Climbing down from the pole, Gary found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving several jolts of voltage when the number was called.

4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring.

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning. Just thought you'd like to know!!!
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Thanks Betty Jane!

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