Dan feared his wife Peg wasn’t hearing as well as she used to, and thought she might need a hearing aid. Not wanting to be tactless when bringing up this rather delicate subject with her, he decided to call their doctor first to discuss the problem.
“Well,” said the doctor, “we can get her in here and do some tests on her hearing, but that seems a bit drastic at this stage …You know, there’s a simple test you can perform at home first to see if we need to call her in and take a better look”.
“So how does this test work?” asked Dan.
“Here’s what you do,” explained the doc. “Stand about 40 feet away from her, and in a normal conversational tone say something, and see if she hears you. If not, go to 30 feet, then 20 feet, and so on until you get a response. Then call me with the result”.
That evening, Peg was in the kitchen cooking dinner, and Dan was in his den nearby. “Hmm,” he thought, “I’m about 40 feet away, let’s see what happens”.
In a normal tone he asked, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
So Dan got up and moved closer to the kitchen, about 30 feet from his
wife, and asked her a second time: “Peg, what’s for dinner?”
Still no response.
Next, he took a few paces into the dining room until he was standing about 20 feet from his wife. A third time he asked her, “Honey, what’s for dinner?”
Again she did not reply.
So Dan went and leaned up against the frame of the kitchen doorway. He was now about 10 feet away from Peg, who was standing by the sink drying her hands with her back to him. “Honey, I asked you what’s for dinner?”
Yet again she made no response.
Dan moved away from the doorway to stand right behind her. “Peg, what’s for dinner?”
“For God’s own sake, Dan, for the FIFTH bloody time, CHICKEN!”