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The Lie Detector Robot

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Have you heard the story about the lie detector robot?

The story begins with Mike, who was a salesman who loved any kind of unusual gadgets. He was obsessed with anything newfangled or which had the latest technology, and his poor wife Katrina had long ago given up trying to get him to change.

One day, Mike came home with another one of his unusual purchases. This time it was a robot that Mike claimed was actually a lie detector.

Well, about half past five that afternoon, their 11 year old son Billy, returned home from school and he was over 2 hours late.

Knowing that Billy didn’t always tell the truth, Mike thought that this might be a good opportunity to put his new gadget to the test.

“Where have you been Billy? How come you over 2 hours late getting home?” Mike asked his son.

“Several of us went to the library to work on an extra credit project”, Billy said.

To everybody’s surprise, the robot walked around the table and slapped Billy, knocking him completely out of his chair.

“Son”, Mike said, “this robot is a lie detector. Now tell us where you really were after school”.

Well young Billy knew that this probably wasn’t a good time to keep on lying, so he responded with “We went to Bobby’s house and watched a movie”.

“What did you watch?” asked Katrina.

“The Ten Commandments Mum”, Billy said.

The robot immediately went around to Billy and once again slapped him, knocking him off his chair.

With his lip quivering, Billy got up off the floor, sat down again and said, “I am sorry I lied. We really watched a movie called Sex Queen”.

“I am ashamed of you son”, his Dad said. “When I was your age, I never lied to my parents”.

The robot immediately got up, walked around to Mike and delivered a whack that nearly knocked him out of his chair.

Seeing this happen, Katrina doubled over in laughter, almost in tears and said, “Boy, did you ever ask for that one! You can’t be too mad with Billy. After all he is your son!”

The robot got up again, walked around to Katrina and smacked her out of her chair.

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