In the hospital, where their family member lay gravely ill, the relatives gathered in the waiting room.
Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and somber.
I'm afraid I am the bearer of bad news," he said as he surveyed the worried faces. "The only hope left for your loved one at this time is a brain transplant. It's an experimental procedure, risky, and you will have to pay for the brain yourselves."
The family members sat silent as they absorbed the news.
At length, someone asked, "Well, how much does a brain cost?"
The doctor quickly responded, "$2000 for a female brain, and $5000 for a male brain."
The moment turned awkward. Men in the room tried not to smile, avoiding eye contact with the women, but some actually smirked.
A girl, unable to control her curiosity, blurted out the question everyone wanted to ask, "Why is the male brain so much more?"
The doctor smiled at her childish innocence and then to the entire group said, "It's a standard pricing procedure. We have to mark the female brains down, because they've been used."