Thursday, June 12, 2008

Discounted Brains

Another submission from Tom in Las Vegas. Thanks!

The relatives gathered in the waiting room, where their family member lay gravely ill.Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber."I'm afraid I'm the bearer of bad news," he said as he surveyed the worried faces."The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant.It's an experimental procedure, very risky but it is the only hope.Insurance will cover the procedure, but you will have to pay for the brain yourselves.The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news.

After a great length of time, someone asked, "Well, how much does a brain cost?"The doctor quickly responded, "$5,000 for a male brain, and $200 for a female brain."The moment turned awkward.Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked.

A man unable to control his curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask,"Why is the male brain so much more?"The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group,"It's just standard pricing procedure.We have to mark down the price of the female brains, because they've actually been used."

1 comment:

JimD said...

I don't know about that man's brain joke. I heard that sort of thing at work a lot. Oddly, I do have a different brain transplant joke to share. What are the odds of that? Here goes. I am a librarian so I'm going to pick on librarians in this version.

A man goes to the doctor for a brain transplant. The doctor tells him that he can choose the sort of brain he wants. However, different brains have different prices.

The doctor says, "We have rocket scientist brains. Those are $500 per ounce." The man says, "Wow, that's expensive. What else do you have?" So the doctor says, "Well, we do have Nobel prize winner brains, but those are $1,000 per ounce."

"Hmmm," says the patient. "I don't know if I can afford that. Isn't there anything else?" The doctor hesitates for a moment and then says, "Well, we do have these librarian brains." The man says, "Great, librarian brains, how much could they cost?" But the doctor says, "The librarian brains are $50,000 per ounce."

"Wow!" shouts the man. "The rocket scientist brains are $500 per ounce and the Nobel prize winner brains are $1,000 per ounce but the librarian brains are $50,000 per ounce? Why do librarian brains cost so much?"

The doctor just looks at him and says, "Do you know how many librarians it takes to get an ounce of brains?"

I like this joke because you can plug in any profession, group or category you like. It could be insulting but it doesn't have to be.