I read in this week’s news of a clever Japanese parakeet that escaped from home, and landed on the shoulder of a hotel guest in a nearby hotel. The guest had no room in his luggage, so handed the bird over to the police where he remained silent. He didn’t even plead the fifth.
For two days the bird continued his silent treatment. Then on the night of the second day, he leaked his name and address.
The cops were stunned. Here was a voluntary confession they hadn’t squeezed out of the jailbird.
Sure enough, his owner was grateful to have him back. She told the police she had learned her lesson with another bird that flew away and was never able to find. This time, after buying the bird at a pet store two years ago, she had him memorize his name and street address.
What she forgot was his social security number.