A gentleman attends an auction and notices that one of the items for sale is a large, colorful macaw, and he decides that he'd like to own it.
When the bird comes up for sale, the auctioneer asks, "how much am I bid for this parrot?" and the fellow opens bidding with "Seven hundred dollars".
"Eight hundred!" "Eighty-five hundred!" "Ninety-five hundred!" go the next several bids, and the gentleman bids "One thousand dollars!"
Bidding goes this way for several minutes until the fellow finds himself the proud owner of a parrot for $1200. He approached the auctioneer and asked him "can the bird talk?" to which the auctioneer replied "Who do you think was bidding against you?"