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A telemarketer called a home one day, and a small voice whispered, “Hello?”

“Hello! What’s your name?”

Still whispering, the voice said, “Jimmy.”

“How old are you, Jimmy?”

“I’m four.”

“Good, Is your mother home?”

“Yes, but she’s busy.”

“Okay, is your father home?”

“He’s busy too.”

“I see, who else is there?”

“The police.”

“The police? May I speak with one of them?”

“They’re busy.”

“Any other grown-ups there?”

“The firemen.”

“May I speak with a fireman, please?”

“They’re all busy.”

“Jimmy, all those people in your house, and I can’t talk with any of them? What are they doing?”

“Looking for me,” whispered Jimmy.

The Jokesmith, quoted in Bits & Pieces, April 1, 1993, pp. 3-4

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