Three guys are out having a
relaxing day fishing...
Out of the blue, they catch a mermaid who
begs to be set free in return for granting each of them a wish.
Now one of the guys just doesn't believe
it, and says, "Okay, if you can really grant wishes, then double
The mermaid says, "Done."
Suddenly the guy starts reciting
Shakespeare flawlessly and analyzing it with extreme insight.
The second guy is so amazed, he says to
the mermaid, "Triple my IQ."
The mermaid says, "Done." The guy starts
to spout out all the mathematical solutions to
problems that have been stumping all the scientists in various
fields: physics, chemistry, etc.
The last guy is so enthralled with the
changes that his friends that he says to the mermaid, "Quintuple
The mermaid looks at him and says, "You
know, I don't usually try to change people's minds when they make
a wish, but I really wish that you would reconsider."
The guy says, "No, I want you to increase
my IQ times five, and if you don't do it, I won't set you free."
"Please," says the mermaid, "You don't
understand what you're asking, it will change your entire view on
the universe. Won't you ask for something else....a million
But no matter what the mermaid said, the
guy insisted on having his IQ increased by five times its usual
power. So the mermaid sighed and said, "Done."
And he became a woman.
Submitted by Jessica, Mt. St. Mary's