After many years of marriage, a husband had become completely inattentive to his wife. The wife was dismayed. No matter what she did to attract his attention, he’d just shrug her off. This went on for many months. Then one day at a pet store, she saw this big, ugly bird with a hairy chest, powerful forearms, beady eyes and dribble running down the side of its mouth. The shopkeeper told her it was a special imported ‘Goony bird’ and it had a very peculiar trait. To demonstrate, he said, “Goony bird! The table!” Immediately, the bird flew off its perch and with single-minded fury attacked the table and smashed it into a hundred little pieces with its powerful forearms and claws! The shopkeeper said, “Goony bird! The shelf!” Again the bird turned to the shelf and demolished. “Wow!” said the wife,

“If this doesn’t attract my husband’s attention, nothing will!”

So she bought the bird and took it home. When she entered the house, the husband was, as usual, sprawled on the sofa guzzling beer and watching TV.

“Honey! I’ve got a surprise for you! A Goony bird!”she said.

He, in his usual bored tone replied, “Goony bird, my foot!”