FileTitle: Prose225.html
Category: Humor
Type: Prose
Description: English Phone Story

  Maybe I'm just tired and stressed out, but I found this REALLY funny ...
  It's common practice in England to ring a telephone by signaling extra 
  voltage across one side of the two wire circuit and ground (earth in 
  England).  When the subscriber answers the phone, it switches to the two 
  wire circuit for the conversation.  This method allows two parties on 
  the same line to be signaled without disturbing each other.
  Anyway, an elderly lady with several pets called to say that her 
  telephone failed to ring when her friends called; and that on the few 
  occasions when it did ring her dog always barked first.  The telephone 
  repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog.
  He climbed a nearby telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed 
  the subscriber's house.  The phone didn't ring.  He tried again.  The dog 
  barked loudly, followed by a ringing telephone.
  Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:
  a. A dog was tied to the telephone system's ground post via an iron chain 
  and collar.
  b. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current.
  c. After several such jolts, the dog would start barking and urinating on 
  the ground.
  d. The wet ground now completed the circuit and the phone would ring.
  Which shows you that some problems can be fixed by just pissing on them?