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The Rat Trap

A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a rat trap. Retreating to the farmyard the rat proclaimed the warning; “There is a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Excuse me, Mr. Rat, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.” So.. the Chicken returned to clucking and scratching.  

The rat turned to the pig and told him, “There is a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!”. “I am so very sorry Mr. Rat,” sympathized the pig, “but there nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers.” And the Pig returned to the slop.

The rat turned to the cow. She said, “Like wow, Mr. Rat. A rat trap. I am in grave danger. Duh?” How will a rat trap affect me? And she returned to leisurely grazing on grass.

So the rat, head down and dejected, returned to the house to face the farmer’s rat trap alone. That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a rat trap catching its prey.

The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient, the CHICKEN.

His wife’s sickness continued so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them the farmer butchered the PIG.

The farmer’s wife did not get well. She died, and so many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the COW slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat. So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when there is a rat trap in the house, the whole farmyard is at risk.

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8 Responses to The Rat Trap

  1. Katie says:

    Nice little story, and very true.

  2. Enemy of the State says:

    Not enough Rat traps in DC… thats what I got out of this lil story

  3. galen says:

    Hmmm… Maybe we can’t fix everything, but if a neighbor’s going through it, common decency lends a hand. It’s also a survival tactic. To look the other way is to invite an attack on oneself.

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  4. galen says:

    Another animal story:

    The Horse Who Wanted to Be a Dog:

    https://sputniknews.com/europe/201711211059289033-sweden-transsexuality-children/

    🙁

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  5. galen says:

    Yet another animal story:

    How To Catch Wild Pigs

    There was a Chemistry professor in a large college that had some exchange students in the class. One day while the class was in the lab the Prof noticed one young man (exchange student) who kept rubbing his back and stretching as if his back hurt.

    The professor asked the young man what was the matter. The student told him he had a bullet lodged in his back. He had been shot while fighting communists in his native country who were trying to overthrow his country’s government and install a new communist government.

    In the midst of his story he looked at the professor and asked a strange question. He asked, ‘Do you know how to catch wild pigs?’
    The professor thought it was a joke and asked for the punch line.

    The young man said this was no joke. “You catch wild pigs by finding a suitable place in the woods and putting corn on the ground. The pigs find it and begin to come everyday to eat the free corn. When they are used to coming every day, you put a fence down one side of the place where they are used to coming. When they get used to the fence, they begin to eat the corn again and you put up another side of the fence.

    They get used to that and start to eat, again you continue until you have all four sides of the fence up with a gate in the last side. The pigs, who are used to the free corn, start to come through the gate to eat, you slam the gate on them and catch the whole herd.

    Suddenly the wild pigs have lost their freedom. They run around and around inside the fence, but they are caught. Soon they go back to eating the free corn. They are so used to it that they have forgotten how to forage in the woods for themselves, so they accept their captivity.

    The young man then told the professor that is exactly what he sees happening to America. The government keeps pushing us toward Communism/Socialism and keeps spreading the free corn out in the form of programs such supplemental income, tax credit for unearned income, tobacco subsidies, dairy subsidies, payments not to plant crops (CRP), welfare, medicine drugs, etc. while we continually lose our freedoms just a little at a time.

    One should always remember ‘There is no such thing as a free lunch!!’ also ‘You can never hire someone to provide a service for you cheaper then you can do it yourself.’

    Author Unknown

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  6. DL. says:

    Thanks! Be safe Galen.

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