One day, the man came up with a foolproof way of making lots of money.
He got the parrot to learn the National Anthem and then took it down the pub where he told the customers, “I bet £10 that my parrot can sing the whole of the National Anthem.”
Some interest was shown and the money was placed on the bar.
Sadly though, the parrot never uttered a word and the man had to pay out a lot of money.
When he got home, he was beside himself with rage. “You bloody stupid, half-witted bird. You’ve lost me a lot of money today.”
“Now wait up a minute,” said the clever old bird. “Just imagine the kind of interest you’ll get tomorrow when we go back there again."