A man buys a parrot, but after several weeks of trying, is unable to get it to speak a single word. In desperation he takes the bird to a vet for advice.
The vet tells him that the parrot's beak is too long which is preventing him from speaking. He says that he can file it down for $100.
The parrot's owner thought that was rather expensive and wondered aloud if he could just file it down himself.
The vet tells him that it is a very delicate procedure and must be done by a trained professional. If he does not file enough, the bird still wont be able to talk, but if he files too much, the bird will drown while drinking his water.
The man decides to think it over and leaves with the parrot.
Several weeks later, the vet happens to meet the parrot owner who is looking rather down. He inquires about the parrot and the man replies that his parrot is dead.
“Did you try to file his beak down yourself?” asked the vet.
The man nods his head.
“And he drowned while trying to drink his water, right?”
“No,” replied the parrot's owner, “he was dead when I took his head out of the vise.”