One day, in line at his work cafeteria, Joe says to Mike, “My elbow hurts like hell. I guess I’d better see a doctor.” “Listen, you don’t have to spend that kind of money,” Mike replies.
“There’s a diagnostic computer at The Hardware Shop. Just give it a urine sample and the computer will tell you what’s wrong and what to do about It. It takes ten seconds and costs five dollars. A lot cheaper than the doctor doctor..”
So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to The Hardware Shop.
He deposits five dollars and the computer lights up and asks for the urine sample. He pours the sample into the slot and waits.
Ten seconds later, the computer ejects a printout:
“You have tennis elbow. Soak your arm in warm water and avoid heavy activity. It will improve in two weeks. Thank you for shopping at The Hardware Shop.”
That evening, while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe began wondering if the computer could be fooled.
He mixed some tap water, a stool sample from his dog, urine samples from his wife and daughter, and a sperm sample from himself for good measure.
Joe hurries back to The Hardware Shop, eager to check the results. He deposits five dollars, pours in his concoction, and awaits the results.
The computer prints the following:
1. Your tap water is too hard. Get a water softener. (Aisle 9)
2. Your dog has ringworm. Bathe him with anti-fungal shampoo. (Aisle 7)
3. Your daughter has a cocaine habit. Get her into rehab.
4. Your wife is pregnant. Twins. They aren’t yours. Get a lawyer.
5. And if you don’t stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better.
Thank you for shopping at The Hardware Shop.