country and this phenomenon attracted the attention of the
sociologists at the state university.
They wrote a grant proposal; got a huge chunk of money; moved
to town; set up their computers; got squared away; and began
designing their questionnaires and such.
While the staff was busy getting ready for their big research
effort, the project director decided to go to the local
drugstore for a cup of coffee. He sat down at the counter,
ordered his coffee, and while he was drinking it, he told
the druggist what his purpose was in town, then asked him if
he had any idea why the birth rate was so high.
"Sure," said the druggist. "Every morning the six o'clock
train comes through here and blows for the crossing. It
wakes everybody up, and, well, it's too late to go back
to sleep, and it's too early to get up."