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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Life Imitates Monty Python

From the Trono Globe & Mail (third story down) [thanks to BF for the link]:

An indignant Israeli is suing a pet shop that he says sold him a dying parrot, reports the Ma'ariv newspaper. Itzik Simowitz of the southern city of Beersheba contends the shop cheated him because the Galerita-type cockatoo not only failed to utter a word when he got it home, but was also extremely ill. Mr. Simowitz adds that the shop owner assured him the parrot was not ill but merely needed time to adjust to its new environment.

If you think that story sounds familiar, here is a transcript of the original Monty Python Dead Parrot Sketch.

UPDATE: Ted Frank at is skeptical about the story but is unable to find any evidence that it is an urban legend. I ran it through Snopes and didn't find anything about it.
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