When an Old, Old Joke Becomes Reality

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Don’t you love it when that happens? A satire takes tangible form. A joke isn’t a joke anymore because it’s come to life.

“We want to make better humans,” gabbles the CEO of a company that manufactures and sells “cognitive supplements” (http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/06/hvmn-wants-to-make-better-humans-through-biohacking.html). He calls it “biohacking,” with a view toward “cognitive enhancement.” The idea is that if you take his little pills, you’re gonna get smarter. And surely they can hook you up to a computer to give you regular boosts of real smartness.

Anyway, here’s the ancient joke they’ve brought to life:

Some ninny was sold a packet of rabbit droppings, having been told that they were pills that would boost his intelligence. The next day he came back to the vendor, hopping mad. “You %$#@%! You sold me rabbit turds!”

And the vendor smiled and said, “See, you’re getting smarter already!”

It is He that hath made us, and not we ourselves (Psalm 100:2). Boy, oh, boy, do modern pin-heads have a problem with that verse!

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

6 responses to “When an Old, Old Joke Becomes Reality

  • UnKnowable

    What folly!

    Coming of age, as I did, in the hippie era, the social trend was towards natural, be it in foods, medicines or whatever. While I am not much like a hippie, I have always admired this approach. It would be great if we could root the artificial from our lives wherever possible.

    These days, however, the opposite seems to be happening. Instead of drinking a cup of coffee as a stimulant there are chewable coffee pills. Instead of eating a balanced diet, there are all sorts of expensive supplements. Sadly, our food is so bio-engineered and processed these days that the nutritional value is questionable at best.

    The problem, every problem, has its roots in mankind’s fallen state and alienation from our loving Creator. If we eat wisely and are moderate in habits we can benefit, but even the healthiest and most fit around us will eventually succumb to death.

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    • leeduigon

      They’re after God’s job and they want us to think they’re offering us a better deal than God ever could.

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      • UnKnowable

        That will never work.

        The scriptures stress moderation in all things and I think that’s a point well taken. A cup of coffee won’t hurt you, but six cups might. A piece of wedding cake won’t hurt you, but having cake daily probably will. I’d be durned careful about “supplements” designed to mess with cognition. A while back, while visiting Colorado which its legalized pot, I saw all sorts of people whom had altered their cognition.

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  • Linda Sorci

    These aren’t actually jokes, but rather things children have been overheard saying. Funny how they hear things just a bit differently than what’s actually said, and they’re so literal in their thought processes. We adults forget that sometimes. Anyway, I thought they were cute. I hope some of you will too.

    CHILDREN IN CHURCH

    3-year-old Reese :
    ‘Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
    Harold is His name..
    Amen.’

    A little boy was overheard praying:
    ‘Lord, if you can’t make me a better
    boy, don’t worry about it.
    I’m having a real good time like I am.’

    After the christening of his baby brother in church,
    Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car.
    His father asked him three times what was wrong.
    Finally, the boy replied,
    ‘That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home,
    and I wanted to stay with you guys.’

    One particular four-year-old prayed,
    ‘And forgive us our trash baskets
    as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.’

    A Sunday school teacher asked her children as they
    were on the way to church service,
    ‘And why is it necessary to be quiet in church?’
    One bright little girl replied,
    ‘Because people are sleeping.’

    A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5, and Ryan 3.
    The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake.
    Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson..
    ‘If Jesus were sitting here, He would say,
    ‘Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.’
    Kevin turned to his younger brother and said,
    ‘ Ryan, you be Jesus!’

    A father was at the beach with his children
    when the four-year-old son ran up to him,
    grabbed his hand, and led him to the shore
    where a seagull lay dead in the sand.
    ‘Daddy, what happened to him?’ The son asked.
    ‘He died and went to Heaven,’ the Dad replied.
    The boy thought a moment and then said,
    ‘Did God throw him back down?’

    A wife invited some people to dinner.
    At the table, she turned to their six-year-old daughter and said,
    ‘Would you like to say the blessing?’
    ‘I wouldn’t know what to say,’ the girl replied.
    ‘Just say what you hear Mommy say,’ the wife answered.
    The daughter bowed her head and said,
    ‘Lord, why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?’

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