A man took his pregnant wife to the hospital. The
doctor looked her over and told them it would be a
rather difficult delivery. He offered to let the couple
try an experimental procedure. The woman would
be Connected to a machine that would transfer part
ofthe pain to the father of the _ by, thus reducing
her own. The man quickly agreed. The doctor
warned him, though, that there was a slight bug in
the machine that caused it to amplify the pain sent
to the father by ten times, and ofthe pain became
too much for to bear would he please let the
The doctor turned on the machine and watched the
man. The man said he felt absolutely fine and he
could. take more. The doctor turned. the dial up to
40, 60, 80, and finally 100% of the pain, times ten.
The woman delivered. the baby painlessly and the
doctor stared at the man, astonished at how he
could. not even flinch with that much pain brought
The couple took the new baby home.
There, on the front step, the mailman lay d_ ead.