John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business.
He had several hundred young layers (hens, called
pullets and eight or ten roosters, whose job was
to fertilize the eggs. The farmer kept records
and any rooster that didn't perform went into the
soup pot and was replaced.
That took an awful lot of his time so he bought
a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters.
Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which
rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an
efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.
The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was
too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell hadn't
rung at all! John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing
pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would
run for cover.
But to Farmer John's amazement, Butch had his bell in his beak, so it
couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.
John was so proud of Butch, he entered him in the county fair and Butch
became an overnight sensation among the judges.
The result...The judges not only awarded Butch the "No Bell Piece Prize" but
they also awarded him the "Pulletsurprise" as well.
Clearly Butch was a politician in the making. Who else but a politician
could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards
on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace
and sticking it to them when they weren't paying attention?