Myron's mother was very hard to please, but one year he thought hard and finally came up with a truly inspired birthday present: a pricey parrot that spoke six languages.
He arranged to have the bird delivered to her apartment a few hours before he was to arrive for the birthday dinner.
"So, Mom, did you get my present?" he asked.
"Yes, Myron, I did. And I must say, it cooked up very nicely."
"You didn't cook it!" Myron gasped. "That bird cost me $1,500. And it spoke English, Portuguese, Mandarin, Urdu, Arabic and Russian!"
"Now Myron," the old woman chided, "if it really spoke all those languages, why didn't it say something?"