Percy the Fainting Pigeon

Percy was a prize-winning racing pigeon with an odd habit:

At the drop of a hat — and even without that signal — he rolls on his back, tucks in his wings, curls up his legs and claws and to all intents and purposes is dead. Only his bright red eyes and an occasional craning of the neck show that Percy is playing possum.

No matter where he is or where you put him, Percy keeps up the pose. On the top of the television, on the rim of the cup he won at the Royal Welsh Show, or tossed in the air, he holds it.

Even putting him on the floor next to Suzie the cat doesn’t cause a twitch.

New York Daily News - Jan 19, 1969

The Jackson Sun - Apr 10, 1968

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 27, 2019
     Category: Animals | 1960s

A scientist invented a substance that he believed could bring life to stone and his first act was to go to the local park and apply it to the statue of General U.S. Grant that was standing there. After a minute or so the statue creaked and stirred to life. The astonished inventor asked the statue, "How do you feel? What is the first thing you want to do?"

"It feels good to be alive," replied the statue. "And the first thing I want to do is to kill a lot of pigeons."
Posted by KDP on 12/27/19 at 10:14 AM
I know another version of the joke where General Grant, instead of creaking and stirring to life, catches a pigeon, drops his trousers and then answers the scientist.
Posted by Yudith on 12/28/19 at 08:16 AM
I like that punch line just as well, Yudith, but I don't want to offend our WU overlords.
Posted by KDP on 12/28/19 at 10:03 AM
I've heard a variation on that involving a pair of statues, one male and one female, where the implication pretends to be sexual but the punchline is just as scatologial.
Posted by Richard Bos on 01/02/20 at 12:02 PM
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