Once upon a time, an artist holds an exhibition/sale and puts up all of his work for sale. He is highly enthusiastic about it, hoping that the turnout at the exhibition will make it successful enough for him to hold another one soon. The artist is present at the exhibition, so that any people wanting autographs won't be dissapointed. Unfortunately, though, not many people turn up, and the paintings are left unsold. It is getting towards the end of the day, and the artist has had enough of sitting around, so he leaves someone else to watch the paintings while he goes out to have a bite for dinner. Upon his return, he sees that all the paintings have disappeared. He quickly rushes to find the person he left in charge, to find out what happened during his short absence. Upon finding him, the following conversation ensues: Artist: What happened here? Man: Well, there's good news, and then there's bad news. Which do you want to hear first? Artist: Give me the good news first... Man: OK. A man walked in just as you left, and said that the paintings were terrific. He inquired whether the paintings would increase in value upon the artist's death, and when I said "Yes", he bought them all! Artist: That's great news. But what's the bad news? Man: The guy was your doctor!
This message was sent on 22 Jul 1996