A man dressed in a suit comes up to the front porch of house juggling
a clipboard, some papers, and a briefcase. He knocks on the door and
it's answered by a middle-aged man, "Mornin' stranger, what can I do
"Well sir, I represent Schneller, Barnum, and Holtz. We're paid by
private companies to canvas thousands of consumers like yourself for
feedback on their products. Today we're soliciting comments on
Vaseline petroleum jelly. Would you have time to answer just a couple
"I don't see how a couple of questions could hurt, fire away young
man", says the homeowner.
Looking down at his clipboard, the survey-taker asks, "Okay...first,
you do use Vaseline, correct?".
"Yessir, for as long as I can remember".
"Great, now what exactly do you use it for?" replies the survey-taker
with his pen poised over his clipboard, ready to record the answer.
"Let's see.....we use it for dry skin, chapped lips, and sex."
The well-dressed man stops writing abruptly. He looks around, leans
forward and in a low voice says "We pride ourselves in being very
thorough sir. I know how you'd use Vaseline for dry skin and chapped
lips. But would you mind telling me how you use it for sex?"
"No problem," the homeowner says in a whisper, "we put it on our
The survey-taker gets a strange look on his face and takes a step
backwards before the homeowner continues, "It keeps the kids out".