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Be Careful What You Wish For
Regular viewers will have noticed that I'm blogging entirely frivolously at the moment. This is because I have come to the conclusion that attempting to unscrew the upscrewed is a vain enterprise these days.
But reading this story in the Abubindependent reminded me of a story I read on Twitter a couple of months ago (I don't remember exactly where, so I can't credit it).
A man buys a robot, and the salesman assures him that the robot contains a lie detector; whenever it hears a lie, it slaps the perpatrator across the face.
The man takes it home and - at dinner that evening with his wife and teenage son - the robot stands close by the table.
The man turns to his son, and says, "Well lad, what did you do this afternoon?"
"Oh, I finished all my homework, dad", says the boy.
The robot whirrs over to the youth and slaps him across the face.
"All right!", moans the boy, "I went to a mate's house to watch a film."
"What film was it?", asks the father.
"Toy Story 2", replies his son.
The robot slaps him again.
"OK, OK", grumbles the boy, "We were watching porn".
"Porn!?", says the father. "When I was your age, I didn't even know what porn was!".
At which, the robot whizzes around the table and slaps him.
The mother bursts out laughing, and says, "Well, he is your son, after all!".
Whereupon, the robot slaps her.