(Editor’s Note: My wife told me this one… sort of. I’ll explain at the end.)
A ditzy blonde applied for a job at the Tickle-Me Elmo factory. Although she wasn’t particularly qualified, the manager liked what he saw in her and decided to put her to work anyway. He started her out at the end of the assembly line where he figured she couldn’t do much damage.
After giving her very specific instructions, he went back to his office to do some paperwork. He had just sat down to sign a few things when all of a sudden his secretary burst in to tell him that the whole assembly line had been shut down!
He raced out of his office to see what was the matter. With a growing sense of dread, he looked toward the end of the assembly line. Sure enough, there was the newly hired blonde surrounded by a huge pile of Elmos. As the manager watched, she took each little Elmo doll, slit open its crotch, and carefully inserted two large steel ball bearings before sewing the little Elmos up again.
The manager stormed up to the blonde and demanded to know what in the world was going on!
The blonde smiled and looked up at him. “I’m doing exactly what you told me to do,” she said, handing him a piece of paper. “See, I even wrote it down.”
The manager took one look at the paper and groaned. “Maybe I wasn’t quite clear,” he said. “What I meant for you to do was give each new Elmo two test tickles!”
(Editor’s Note Part 2: When my wife told this to me, she got a little mixed up and said, “What I meant for you to do was give each new Elmo two tickle tests!” I figured it out, though.)