In the hospital the family members gathered together in the waiting room, where their family member was gravely ill.
Finally the doctor came in, looking tired and somber.
“I’m afraid I’m the bearer of bad news,” he said as he surveyed the concerned faces. “The only hope for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It’s an experimental surgery, very risky but it’s the only hope. Insurance will cover the procedure, but you’ll have to pay for the brain.”
The family members sat silently as they absorbed the news. After a great length of time someone finally asked, “Well how much does a brain cost?”
The doctor quickly responded, “A male brain is $5,000 and a female brain is $200.”
The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked.
A man unable to contain his curiosity finally blurted the question everyone was thinking. “Why is the male brain so much more?”
The doctor smiled at the childish innocence and explained to the entire group, “It’s just standard pricing procedure. We have to mark down the price of the female brains because they’ve actually been used.”