One day a woman walks into a dentist’s office and asks how much it will cost to extract wisdom teeth.
“Eighty dollars,” says the dentist.
“That’s a ridiculous amount!” says the woman. “Isn’t there a cheaper way?
“Well,” says the dentist, “if you don’t use anesthetic, I can knock the price down to $60.”
“That’s still too expensive,” replies the woman.
“Okay,” says the dentist. “If I save on anesthesia and just pull the teeth out with a pair of pliers, I can knock the price down to $20.”
“No,” the woman moaned, “it’s still too much.”
“Well,” the dentist says, scratching his head, “if I let one of my students do it, I can probably knock the price down to $10.”
“Wonderful,” says the woman. “May I book my mother-in-law for next Tuesday please?”
A newlywed farmer and his wife were visited by her mother, who immediately demanded an inspection of the place.
The farmer had genuinely tried to be friendly to his new mother-in-law, hoping that it could be a friendly, non-antagonistic relationship. All to no avail though, as she kept nagging them at every opportunity, demanding changes, offering unwanted advice, and generally making life unbearable for the farmer and his new bride.
While they were walking through the barn, during the forced inspection, the farmer’s mule suddenly reared up and kicked the mother-in-law in the head, killing her instantly. It was a shock to all no matter their feelings toward her demanding ways.
At the funeral service a few days later, the farmer stood near the casket and greeted folks as they walked by. The pastor noticed that whenever a woman would whisper something to the farmer, he would nod his head yes and say something. Whenever a man walked by and whispered to the farmer, however, he would shake his head no, and mumble a reply.
Very curious as to this bizarre behavior, the pastor later asked the farmer what that was all about.
The farmer replied, “The women would say, ‘What a terrible tragedy,’ and I would nod my head and say ‘Yes, it was.’
The men would ask, ‘Can I borrow that mule?’ and I would shake my head and say, ‘Can’t, it’s all booked up for a year.’”