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A farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions when it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and dialed the subscriber's house.

The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone began to ring. Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire via a steel chain and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was called.

4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to ring... which demonstrates that some problems can be fixed by pissing and moaning.

Lowering the Bar 
Lawyer Jokes and Legal Culture 
by Marc Galanter

Legal scholar and law professor Marc Galanter offers a thorough and entertaining study of America's litigious funny bone in this collection and analysis of 318 jokes.

Gathered from books and newspapers and political speeches, the jokes come from mostly American sources in the late 20th century as public regard for the legal profession declined significantly.

Galanter has painstakingly listed, categorized and analyzed each joke, seeking insights into what's happened to America's opinion of the law and why lawyers are so widely scored and ridiculed.

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