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A Story to Recite on New Year’s Day to Ensure that you are Ready for 2012

The following article appeared in an American newspaper in the 1970’s and has been recited many times since and has become a challenge for all to read out loud on New Year’s Day.  I heard it being read at recent carol concert and found it very amusing, but that may just be me.  If you can recite this on the New Year’s morning without the obvious hiccough, then you are definitely ready for the 2012 and whatever that brings:

Petey was a snake, only so big. Petey lived in a pit with his mother.

One day, Petey was hissing in the pit when his Mother said, “Petey, don’t hiss in the pit, go outside the pit to hiss.”  So Petey went outside of the pit to hiss.

Petey was hissing all around when he finally leaned over and hissed in the pit.  Petey’s Mother
heard Petey hissing in the pit and said. “Petey, if you must hiss in the pit, go over to Mrs Pott’s pit to hiss in her pit.”

Petey went over to Mrs Pott’s pit to hiss in her pit, but Mrs Pott was not at home, so he hissed in her pit anyway.  While Petey was hissing in Mrs Pott’s pit, Mrs Pott came home and found Petey hissing in her pit. “Petey,” She said, “if you must hiss in a pit, don’t hiss in my pit; go to your own pit and hiss.”

This made Petey very sad, and he cried all the way home.  When Petey got home his Mother saw him crying and said, “Petey, what’s the matter?”  Petey said, “I went over to Mrs Pott’s to hiss in her pit but Mrs Pott came home and found me hissing in her pit and said “Petey, if you must hiss in a
pit, go to your own pit and hiss.  Don’t hiss in my pit.”

This made Petey’s Mother very angry and she said, “Why, that mean old lady.  I knew Mrs Pott when she didn’t have a pit to hiss in.”


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Written by Steven Mugglestone

December 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

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