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From: Shari (
Subject: Thank you for shopping @ Wal-Mart.
Date: July 10, 2005 at 5:26 pm PST

One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike, "My elbow
hurts like hell. I guess I better see a doctor." "Listen, you don't
have to
spend that kind of money", Mike replies. "There's a diagnostic computer
down at Wal-Mart. 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
ten dollars. It's a lot cheaper than a doctor."
So Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Wal-Mart.
deposits ten 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 @ Wal-Mart.
That evening while thinking how amazing this new technology was, Joe
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
sperm sample for good measure. Joe hurries back to Wal-Mart, eager to
check the results. He deposits ten 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
3. Your daughter has a cocaine habit. Get her into rehab.
4. Your wife is pregnant with twins. They aren't yours. Get a lawyer.
5. If you don't stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get
Thank you for shopping @ Wal-Mart.

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