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Men and Women


A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 – These men have jobs.

She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 2 – These men have jobs and love kids.

„That’s nice“, she thinks, „but I want more.“ So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 – These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.

„Wow,“ she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 – These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with housework.

„Oh, mercy me!“ she exclaims, „I can hardly stand it!“ Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 – These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with housework and have a strong romantic streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:

Floor 6 – You are visitor No. 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store.


To avoid gender bias charges, the store´s owner opened a New Wives Store just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited! Go figure!

(Courtesy of The International Women´s Club of Frankfurt)

2 Kommentare zu “Men and Women”

  1. claudia johann
    4. Dezember 2007 09:57

    Ich war noch niemals in New York. Sollte ich jedoch mal hinkommen, dann geh‘ ich auch in den „Husband Store“, mit einem Schild (als Gedächtnisstütze) in der Hand: „Ich will nur bis zum 5. Floor!!!“ :-)
    Warnhinweis an die hiesigen Mädels: Passt auf!Tappt nicht in die Falle! Der 5. Floor entspricht nicht unserem 5. Stock! Im 5. Stock seid ihr nämlich schon im 6. Floor! ;-)

    Lachende Grüße Claudia Jo.

  2. Ursula Günther
    9. Dezember 2007 14:50

    Danke für „Men and Women“! Echt Klasse! Von Ihnen persönlich? Mit „Echt Klasse“ meine ich: es deckt sich weitgehend mit meinen ganz persönlichen Erfahrungen, ist auf den Punkt gebracht. (Der Eitelkeit eines solchen statements bin ich mir bewußt.) Ansonsten: Neuerlicher Beweis, daß das Thema Mann/Frau unerschöpflich ist und endlos variierbar, im Kern jedoch das ewig uralte Geheimnis bleibt.