Joke or Fable?

I read a joke to my husband the other day, and he said, “This is not just funny, it’s philosophical.” So I rolled my eyes and said, “You’re such an egghead. What are you talking about?”

He replied, “It’s making the point that you should never rush into anything. You have to look into all the options before you make a decision. Or you might regret it later.”

Well, that’s what I tell all the newbies, and the oldbies, for that matter. Just wish they’d listen.


“Joe had suffered terrible, mind-numbing headaches for years. He went to his doctor.

“The doctor said, ‘Joe, the good news is I can cure your headaches. The bad news is that it will require castration. You have a very rare condition which causes your testicles to press on your spine. This pressure creates a constant headache. The only way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles.’

“Joe was shocked and depressed. He wondered if he had anything to live for. But the headaches depressed him more, so he knew he had no choice but to undergo surgical castration.

“A week later he left the hospital, without a headache for the first time in 20 years. But of course he felt like he was missing an important part of himself. As he walked down the street, he realized that he was now a different person. He could make a new beginning and live a new life — no testicles, but also no headaches.

“He saw a men’s clothing store and thought, ‘That’s what I need… a new suit.’ He entered the shop and told the salesman, ‘I’d like a new suit’.

“The elderly tailor eyed him briefly and said, ‘Let’s see…size 44

“Joe laughed, ‘That’s right, how did you know’?”

“Been in the business 60 years!” the tailor said.

“Joe tried on the suit; it fit perfectly. As Joe admired himself
in the mirror, the salesman asked, ‘How about a new shirt?’

“Joe thought for a moment and then said, ‘Sure.’

“The salesman eyed Joe and said, ‘Let’s see, 34 sleeves and 16-1/2 neck.’

“Joe was surprised, ‘That’s right, how did you know?’

“Been in the business 60 years.

“Joe tried on the shirt, and it fit perfectly.

“Joe walked comfortably around the shop, and the salesman asked, ‘How about some new underwear?”‘

Joe thought for a moment and said, ‘Sure.’

“The salesman said, ‘Let’s see…size 38.’

“Joe laughed, ‘Ha, I got you there! I’ve worn a size 34 since I was 18 years old.’

“The salesman shook his head, ‘Nope. You can’t wear a size 34 Size 36 would press your testicles up against the base of your spine, and the pressure would give you one hell of a headache.’