A store that sells husbands opens in the city.
“You may visit this store only once,” the sign at the entrance read. There are six floors and the value of the products increases as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper can choose any single item from one floor, or can choose to go up to the next floor, but won’t be allowed to go back down except to exit the building.
A woman goes in and works her way up. The signs on each floor read as follows: “Floor 1 - Men with jobs.” “Floor 2 - Men with jobs who love kids.” “Floor 3 - Men with jobs who love kids, and are extremely good-looking.”
“Wow,” she says to herself, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: “Floor 4 - Men with jobs who love kids, are good-looking, and know housework.”
“Oh, mercy me!” she exclaims, “I can hardly stand it!” Still, she goes to the fifth floor where the sign reads: “Floor 5 - Men with jobs who love kids, are good-looking, know housework, and are very romantic.” She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor. The sign reads: “Floor 6 - You are visitor number 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men here. This floor exists as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.”
To avoid gender-bias lawsuits, the store’s owner opened another store that sells wives. The first floor has wives who love sex. The second floor has wives who love sex and have money. Floors three to six have never been visited up to this day.
Jaye-r Alfiler, by email