Joe was moderately successful in his career, but as he got older,
he was increasingly hampered by excruciatingly painful headaches.
When his personal hygiene and love life began to suffer, he
sought medical help. After being referred from one specialist to
another, he finally came across a doctor who solved the problem.
The doctor said, “I have good news, and I have bad news. The
good news is that 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 up against the base of your
spine. The pressure creates one hell of a headache. The only
way to relieve the pressure is to remove the testicles.”
Joe was, of course, both shocked and depressed. He indeed
wondered if he even had anything to live for after castration.
Yet, he immediately decided he had no choice but to go under
the knife; his headaches just had to cease.
When he left the hospital his mind was at long last clear, but
naturally he felt like he was missing an important part of himself.
As he walked down the street, he felt like an entirely different
He walked past a men’s clothing store and thought, “I’ll buy a new
suit. Maybe that will cheer me up!”
He entered the shop and told the salesman, “I’d like a new suit.”
The salesman eyed him briefly and said, “Let’s see…size 44 long.”
Joe laughed, “Yeah, that’s right, how did you know?”
“It’s my job to know,” said the salesman. Joe tried on the suit,
and 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, “Okay, sure.”
The salesman eyed Joe and said, “Let’s see…34 sleeve, and…
Joe was once again surprised, “That’s exactly right.
How did you know?”