A guy went on vacation and left his dog Oscar with his brother Ralph. He called up Ralph after the first night as said, "How's Oscar?"
Ralph replied, "I'm sorry, but Oscar escaped from the house and ran in the road and got run over by a car."
"Wow!" the brother said. "Have you ever heard of subtlety? Now you've ruined my whole vacation! You should have led up to it more, like the first night say Ralph was on the rook. On the second night you could say he fell off and went to the vet, then the next night you could say he was getting worse but hanging in there. And THEN tell me Ralph died. Oh well, how's Mom doing?"
And the brother answered, "Mom's on the roof..."