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|Rich Man Getting a New Heart|
A doctor tells a rich old man that he's
going to die if he doesn't get a new heart
The old man tells the doctor to search
the world for the best heart available,
money is no object. A few days later the
doctor calls the old man and says he has
found three hearts but they are all
The old man reminds the doctor that he is
filthy rich and implores him to tell him
about the donors they came from.
'Well, the first one belonged to 22 year
old marathon runner, never smoked, ate
only the most healthy foods, was in peak
condition when he was hit by a bus. No
damage to the heart, of course. But it
The old man, waving off the last part
about the cost, asks the doctor to tell
him about the second donor.
'This one belonged to a 16 year old
long-distance swimmer, high school kid.
Lean and mean. Drowned when he hit his
head on the side of the pool. That
heart'll set you back $150,000!'
'Okay,' said the old man, 'what about
the third heart?'
'Well this one belonged to a
58 year-old man, smoked three packs of
cigarettes a day, weighed over 300
pounds, never exercised, drank like a
fish... this heart is going for
'Five-hundred grand?!?!', the old man
exclaimed, 'why so expensive?'
'Well', said the doctor, 'this heart
belonged to a lawyer, so it was
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WORDS AND NUMBERS: MATHEMATICAL DIMENSIONS OF RHETORIC - how numbers function rhetorically by influencing persuasive appeals, the structure of messages, and our use of .language.