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The Xenophile Historian

K. U. P.

(Kimball's Unauthorized Perversion)

A Serbian Fable

Once on a cold winter day, there was a little bird freezing on a sidewalk. It had been there for a while, and was motionless; one couldn't tell by looking if it was alive or dead. Along came a kindly Serbian man, who took pity on the poor bird and put it in inside his coat, right against his chest.

When it felt the warmth, the bird began to revive. Soon it started moving, and after a while it even started chirping. About this time, the Serb walked past a pile of fresh manure, which was warm enough to be giving off steam on that day. He took the bird from his coat, placed it on top of the manure, and went on his way.

The bird's behavior didn't change when this happened. In fact it kept on chirping, until a cat came by and ate it.


There are three morals to this story:

1. The one who puts you in it isn't always your enemy.
2. The one who takes you out of it isn't always your friend.
3. If you happen to be in it, keep your mouth shut!

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