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Bird Flu's Dead Parrot makes John Cleese millions

Monty Python star John Cleese has made a second fortune thanks to copyrighting the phrase "Dead Parrot™" in the 1970s.

The Fawlty Towers actor, now based in the United States to avoid UK tax laws, is paid one penny every time a news agency uses the phrase "Dead Parrot™." Mr Cleese copyrighted the phrase in the 1970s to protect the integrity of his "Dead Parrot™" sketch.

Through UK and worldwide news agencies continual use of the phrase, Mr Cleese has amassed nearly £8.6 million in the past four weeks, believed to be securely deposited in a Swiss bank account.

Mr Cleese was unavailable for comment, as he was trying to hang a moose's head on the wall.

Mr Cleese has made three pence from this article, which he will not be donating to Great Ormond Street.



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