Are You a Doctor?

A father walks into a market followed by his 10-year-old son. The kid is flipping a quarter into the air and catching it between his teeth.

As they walk through the market someone bumps into the boy at just the wrong moment: the coin goes straight into his mouth and lodges in his throat. He immediately starts choking and going blue in the face. Naturally, the Dad starts panicking, shouting and screaming for help.

A middle-aged, fairly unnoticeable man in a gray suit is sitting at a coffee bar in the market reading his newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, he looks up, puts his coffee cup down on the saucer, neatly folds his newspaper and places it on the counter. He gets up from his seat and makes his unhurried way across the market. Reaching the boy, the man carefully takes hold of the kid's testicles and squeezes gently but firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the 25 cent piece, which the man catches out of the air with his free hand. Releasing the boy, the man hands the coin to the father and walks back to his seat in the coffee bar without saying a word.

As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no lasting ill-effects, the father rushes over to the man and starts effusively thanking him.

"I've never seen anybody do anything like that before!" the father says. "It was fantastic! Are you a doctor?"

"Oh, good heavens, no," the man replies, taking another sip of his coffee. "I work for the Internal Revenue Service."

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(For those outside the U.S., the Internal Revenue Service is our federal income tax agency, and today -- April 15 -- is the traditional day our tax filings are due for the previous year. The only thing wrong with this joke: the IRS agent would have pocketed the quarter.)

Posted April 15, 2016

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