TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Telecom Humor

Telecom Humor

Kenneth P. Stox (
Tue, 07 Feb 2006 05:20:37 GMT

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: Or so the man says, 'humor'! I have
never found anything 'humorous' about this story which seems to
involve mistreatment of a small animal. The story has been around
for simply _years_, I have printed it here a few times, but not for
many years now since I do find it distasteful and not a bit funny. PAT]

[Source Unknown]

An Indiana 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 pet dog always moaned right before the
phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this
psychic dog or senile elderly lady. He climbed a nearby 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 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
chain and collar.

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

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the phone
number was called.

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

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

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.

[TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I have seen this story set in England,
in Scotland, and various other places, but this is the first time for
it in 'Indiana'. PAT]

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