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# 22 Health Joke

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In the beginning God created the heavens
and the Earth.
And the Earth was without form, and void,
and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And Satan said, “It doesn’t get any better than this!
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
And God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed,
and the fruit tree yielding fruit,” and God saw that it was good.
And Satan said, “There goes the neighborhood.”
Then God created humans in his own image; male and female created he them.
And upon Man and God looked Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.
And Satan said, “I know how I can get back in this game.”
And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower
and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds,
so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
And Satan created McDonald’s.
And McDonald’s brought forth the 99-cent double cheeseburger.
And Satan said to Man, “You want fries with that?”
And Man said, “Supersize them.” And Man gained 5 pounds.
And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her
figure that man found so fair. And Satan brought forth chocolate.
And Woman gained 5 pounds. And God said, “Try my crispy fresh salad.”
And Satan brought forth Ben and Jerry’s. And Woman gained 10 pounds.
And God said, “I have sent thee heart-healthy vegetables
and olive oil with which to cook them.”
And Satan brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter.
And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
And God brought forth running shoes
and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
And Satan brought forth cable TV with remote control
so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2.
And Man gained another 20 pounds.
And God said, “You’re running up the score, Devil.”
And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat
and brimming with nutrition.
And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips
and deep-fat fried them. And he created sour cream dip also.
And Man clutched his remote control
and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol.
And Satan saw and said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.
And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
And Satan smiled and created HMO’s
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