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One day, three men are out having a relaxing day fishing, 
when suddenly, they catch a mermaid. 

After hauling the mermaid up in a net, she promises, that if the men set her free,
 in return she will grant each of them, a wish.

The first man doesn’t believe it.  So he says, 
“All right, if you can really grant wishes, then double my IQ.”

The mermaid says, “Done”, and suddenly, the first man starts to flawlessly 
recite Shakespeare, and analyse it, with extreme insight.

The second man, is so amazed, that he looks at the 
mermaid and says, “Triple my IQ.”

The mermaid says, “Done”, and the second man starts to recite solutions, 
to all of the mathematical problems, that have been stumping all 
of the scientists, in various fields, from physics to chemistry etc.

The third man, is so enthralled with the changes in his friends,
 he says to the mermaid, “Quintuple my IQ.”

The mermaid looks at him and says, 
“You know, I normally don’t try to change people’s minds, when they make a wish.  
But I really wish, that you would reconsider.”

The man responds, “Nope, I want you to increase my IQ, times five.
  But if you don’t do it, I won’t set you free.”

“Please,” said the mermaid, “You don’t know, what you’re asking for. 
 It’ll change your entire view, on the universe.  
Won’t you ask, for something else?  A million dollars?  Anything?”

But no matter what the mermaid said, the third man insisted, 
on having his IQ increased, by five times it’s usual power.

So, the mermaid finally relented, and said, “Done.”

The third man, became a woman.