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How Desperate Can You Be For A Joke?

It’s probably about the third or fourth time I have seen this particular commercial on television. They are advertising a special number that you can dial on your cell phone which apparently results in a joke being sent to your cell phone in text format.

The jokes, are, of course reported to be “hilarious.” While they are telling you what a wonderful service this is, the small print at the bottom of the screen reveals that each joke will cost you 99 cents. Wow, that’s like a buck a joke! Is a joke worth a buck? I guess that is for the consumer to decide.

I couldn’t help but think how many joke sites there are on the Internet that you could visit for free. Naturally, you probably have to pay for your Internet connection, but it sure isn’t going to cost you 99 cents for each joke you’ll find on the net.

Since I’ve seen this commercial a few times, I have to presume they are actually making money with this thing. That’s pretty amazing to me since I wouldn’t dream of using a “service” like that. If you’re someone who is willing to spend 99 cents on a single joke, do me a favor and give me a call! I’ll look up a whole bunch of jokes to tell you over the phone if you want to to hear them that badly.

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