Cool Watch

Jake is struggling through a bus station with two huge and obviously heavy suitcases when a stranger walks up to him and asks Have you got the time?Jake sighs, puts down the suitcases and glances at his wrist. Its a quarter to six, he says.Hey, thats a pretty fancy watch! exclaims the stranger. Jake brightens a little.Yeah, its not bad. Check this out – and he shows him a time zone display not just for every time zone in the world, but for the 86 largest metropolises.He hits a few buttons and from somewhere on the watch a voice says The time is eleven til six in a very West Texas accent. A few more buttons and the same voice says something in Japanese. Jake continues Ive put in regional accents for each city. The display is unbelievably high quality and the voice is simply astounding.The stranger is struck dumb with admiration. Thats not all, says Jake. He pushes a few more buttons and a tiny but very high-resolution map of New York City appears on the display. The flashing dot shows our location by satellite positioning, explains Jake.View recede ten, Jake says, and the display changes to show eastern New York state.I want to buy this watch! says the stranger.Oh, no, its not ready for sale yet; Im still working out the bugs, says the inventor.But look at this, and he proceeds to demonstrate that the watch is also a very creditable little FM radio receiver with a digital tuner, a sonar device that can measure distances up to 125 meters, a pager with thermal paper printout and, most impressive of all, the capacity for voice recordings of up to 300 standard-size books, though I only have 32 of my favorites in there so far says Jake.Ive got to have this watch!, says the stranger.No, you dont understand; its not ready -Ill give you $1000 for it!Oh, no, Ive already spent more than -Ill give you $5000 for it!But its just not

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