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An Improvement over Silence?

A tourist was staying overnight in a little Vermont town. He joined a small group of men sitting on the porch of the general store and attempted to strike up a conversation. Getting no response, he asked, "Is there a law against talking in this town?"

"Nope," replied one seasoned old Vermonter. "Ain't no law against it. We just like to make sure it's an improvement over silence."