Guinea Pig

“Cassandra, it is time to help me, time for you to be my guinea pig,” QT said.

“Ok,” Cassandra replied. She did not take her eyes away from the ceiling. She was lying in bed watching the plants move around in the water.

“It might even cheer you up.”

“I am not sure. Are you sure this is ok, David was upset about earlier. I do not want to cause any problems. I am just trying to stay out of David’s way.”

“I doubt it; we are currently engaged in a discussion about some of the files that I found while you were both having dinner.”

“What do you need help with?”

“You can help me with my humor; David has gotten busy and has not been able to listen to them. I thought that maybe you will have an opinion about them,” QT said.

“You tell jokes?”

“I tell the ones I have made up. I have read a number of books on the subject and have been studying it, even the great old comedians. I am trying to become more human. I know that I do not have a body but that does not mean that I do not have a beautiful mind.”

Cassandra thought that this might be a disaster; how could something like a computer understand something that was uniquely personal, as a sense of humor.

“Well, you can give it a try and I will see what I can do to help,” Cassandra said.

“Knock, knock,” QT said.

“Who is there?” Cassandra rolled her eyes; the first joke was a knock, knock joke. “Ant I”

“Ant I who?”

“Ant I matter, therefore I exist.”

Cassandra did not know what to say to that.

“Well, what did you think?” QT asked.

“I do not think that I get it.”

“It is a play on two things, anti matter and the phrase ‘I think, therefore I am’.”

“I do not know what anti matter is,” Cassandra said.

“Antimatter is the opposite of regular matter. Do you know what a proton is?”

“Yes, it is part of the nucleus of an atom.”

“So an anti-proton is the opposite of a proton, its antimatter version is negatively changed instead.”

Cassandra shrugged, “Let’s try a different one.”

“Ok, what did the atom say to the atom next to him?”

Cassandra thought she might know where this is going, “I have no idea.”

“It said ‘Did you just come into quantum super position or are you excited to see me?’”

Cassandra was right; it was that kind of joke.

“This one was based off of…” QT started to say.

Cassandra interrupted, “I know what the joke was based on. You might try making them more unique or more personal to you.”

“Thank you for the input. I will work on that.”