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Fable about three fishermen and a mermaid

Three fishermen are out having a relaxing day fishing.

Out of the blue, they catch a mermaid who begs to be set free in return for granting each of them a wish.

Now one of the fishermen just doesn’t believe it, and says, “Okay, if you can really grant wishes, then double my IQ.”

The mermaid says, “Done.”

Suddenly he starts reciting Shakespeare flawlessly and analyzing it with extreme insight.

The second fisherman is so amazed, he says to the mermaid, “Triple my IQ.”

The mermaid says, “Done.”

The guy starts to spout out all the mathematical solutions to problems that have been stumping all the scientists in various fields: physics, chemistry, etc.

The last fisherman is so enthralled with the changes that his friends that he says to the mermaid, “Quintuple my IQ.”

The mermaid looks at him and says, “You know, I don’t usually try to change people’s minds when they make a wish, but I really wish that you would reconsider.”

He says, “No, I want you to increase my IQ times five, and if you don’t do it, I won’t set you free.”

“Please,” says the mermaid, “You don’t understand what you’re asking, it will change your entire view on the universe. Won’t you ask for something else….a million dollars, anything?”

But no matter what the mermaid said, the fisherman insisted on having his IQ increased by five times its usual power.

So the mermaid sighed and said, “Done.”

And he became a woman.