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
Birth patrol pills. - Archie Bunker
Diabetes taught me discipline. - Sonia Sotomayor
One doctor makes work for another. - English Proverb
The human body is the best work of art. - Jess C. Scott
I speak two languages, English and Body. - Mae West
God heals, and the doctor takes the fees. - Benjamin Franklin
Be strong in body, clean in mind, lofty in ideals. - James Naismith
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. - Joseph Addison
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. - Unknown
A half doctor near is better than a whole one far away. - German Proverb
A sweating ovary or a sick prostate explains most history. - Martin H. Fischer
If we become ill, modern medicine can work healing miracles. - Joseph B Wirthlin
A doctor whose breath smells has no right to medical opinion. - Martin H. Fischer
Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. - Edward Abbey
Of all ills that one endures, hope is a cheap and universal cure. - Abraham Cowley
I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body. - Winston Bennett
A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the Doctor's book. - Irish Proverb
Faith and knowledge lean largely upon each other in the practice of medicine. - Peter Mere Latham
Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure. - Ross MacDonald
The French invented the only known cure for dandruff. It is called the guillotine. - P G Wodehouse
The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease. - Voltaire
Poisons and medicine are oftentimes the same substance given with different intents. - Peter Mere Latham
No, Doctor, I don't want to grow young again. I just want to keep on growing old. - Madame de Rothschild
One day my mortal body will turn to dust, but the Turkish Republic will stand forever. - Mustafa Kemel Ataturk
When once a woman has given you her heart, you can never get rid of the rest of her body. - John Vanbrugh
The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein: it rejects it. - P.B. Medawar
I have the body but of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King. - Elizabeth I
I wonder why you can always read a Doctor's bill but you can never read his prescription. - Finley Peter Dunne
Hockey players wear numbers because you can't always identify the body with dental records. - Unknown
German is the most extravagantly ugly language - it sounds like someone using a sick bag on a 747. - Willy Rushton
I'm beginning to have morning sickness. I'm not having a baby, I'm just sick of morning. - Phyllis Diller
I love being married. I was single for a long time, and I just got so sick of finishing my own sentences. - Brian Kiley
I was determined to share my positive approach and not let diabetes stand in the way of enjoying my life. - Paula Deen
Kindness and a generous spirit go a long way. And a sense of humor. It's like medicine - very healing. - Max Irons
One in four kids have either pre-diabetes or diabetes - what I like to call diabesity. How did this happen? - Mark Hyman
My fingers are long and beautiful, as, it has been well been documented, are various other parts of my body. - Donald Trump
The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind, the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity. - Arthur Schopenhauer
Yoga is really trying to liberate us from shame about our bodies. To love your body is a very important thing. - Rodney Yee
If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. - Ed Sullivan
Even if the doctor does not give you a year ... make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week. - Robert Louis Stevenson
I told my doctor I get very tired when I go on a diet, so he gave me pep pills. Know what happened? I ate faster. - Joe E. Lewis
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. - Mahatma Gandhi
'Tis not always in a physician's power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art. - Ovid
The public needs to know - they need to know as much about atrial fibrillation as they do about cancer and diabetes. - Barry Manilow
My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already. - Milton Berle
I recently went to a new doctor and noticed he was located in something called the Professional Building. I felt better right away. - George Carlin
I'm building a glass pyramid over the Egyptian escalator where my body will be mummified, so my customers can come and see me forever. - Mohamed Al-Fayed
I do not love to work out, but if I stick to exercising every day and put the right things in my mouth, then my diabetes just stays in check. - Halle Berry
I'm going to make people happy. I'm going to make them forget about their cancer. I'm going to make them forget about their diabetes. - Dick Dale
If you are going to win any battle, you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. - George S Patton
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