One day, in line at the company cafeteria, Joe says to Mike behind him, “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 down at Costco. 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 - a lot cheaper than a Doctor.”
So, Joe deposits a urine sample in a small jar and takes it to Costco.
He 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 @ Costco.”
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 Costco, 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 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. If you don’t stop playing with yourself, your elbow will never get better!
Thank you for shopping @ Costco!
Clues that can help to determine the most likely diagnosis
when illness is present
Diabetes taught me discipline. - Sonia Sotomayor
Diabetes is caused by melancholy. - Thomas Willis
I speak two languages, English and Body. - Mae West
The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. - Napoleon Bonaparte
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. - Ben Franklin
Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron
Life without liberty is like a body without spirit. - Khalil Gibran
A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. - Groucho Marx
After two days in hospital I took a turn for the nurse. - WC Fields
The doctor is often more to be feared than the disease. - French Proverb
When I die, I'm leaving my body to science fiction. - Steven Wright
A fit, healthy body - that is the best fashion statement. - Jess C. Scott
I have friends struggling with autism, juvenile diabetes. - Nicole A. Parker
A sweating ovary or a sick prostate explains most history. - Martin H. Fischer
There is no cure for birth and death, save to enjoy the interval. - George Santayana
In a sick-room or a bed-room there should never be shutters shut. - Florence Nightingale
Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live. - Jim Rohn
The patient is not likely to recover who makes the doctor his heir. - Thomas Fuller
I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body. - Winston Bennett
NyQuil on the rocks, for when you're feeling sick but sociable. - Mitch Hedberg
Salary is no object: I want only enough to keep body and soul apart. - Dorothy Parker
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the Doctor's book. - Irish Proverb
Financial ruin from medical bills is almost exclusively an American disease. - Roul Turley
The doctors can cure all sorts of ills, except the shock of doctors' bills. - Unknown
The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet, and Doctor Merryman. - Jonathan Swift
A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs. - Joan Welsh
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltaire
Diabetes is all about insulin levels and sugar levels and what you put in your body. - Jay Cutler
First the Doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me. - Steve Martin
Stress is your body's way of saying you haven't worked enough unpaid overtime. - Scott Adams
One day my mortal body will turn to dust, but the Turkish Republic will stand forever. - Mustafa Kemel Ataturk
Life is not over because you have diabetes. Make the most of what you have, be grateful. - Dale Evans
I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places. - Henny Youngman
I wonder why you can always read a Doctor's bill but you can never read his prescription. - Finley Peter Dunne
Let your entrance into the sick room decrease, not increase, the irritability of your patient. - Martin H. Fischer
Hockey players wear numbers because you can't always identify the body with dental records. - Unknown
I wondher why ye can always read a doctor's bill an' ye niver can read his purscription. - Finley Peter Dunne
Diabetes is a great example whereby, giving the patient the tools, you can manage yourself very well. - Clayton Christensen
If you would perfect your body, guard your mind.
If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. - James Allen
I blinked and I cured my brain. That's how. Everybody has the power. Can't is the cancer of happen. - Charlie Sheen
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind, the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Our memories are card indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder, by authorities whom we do not control. - Cyril Connolly
In the sick room, ten cents' worth of human understanding equals ten dollars' worth of medical science. - Martin H. Fischer
With some diseases, like type 2 diabetes, if people get alerted early, they can take steps to avert getting sick. - Elizabeth Holmes
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. - Mahatma Gandhi
My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force down helpless babies. - WC Fields
Despite all our toil and progress, the art of medicine still falls somewhere between trout casting and spook writing. - Ben Hecht
Let no one suppose that the words doctor and patient can disguise from the parties the fact that they are employer and employee. - George Bernard Shaw
When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and told my father, "We did everything we could... but he pulled through." - Rodney Dangerfield
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. - Bible
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