A man was looking after a parrot for his brother. For several days he was bombarded loudly at all hours by its swearing and noisy intrusions. His warnings to behave were ignored. Eventually, in frustration, he opened its cage, grabbed it, and threw it into his freezer. After five minutes he relented and replaced it on its perch. It was suddenly humble and quiet, looking at him with respect and tearful eyes. In a trembling voice it asked him, "what did that chicken do?