– Congratulation, Mrs. Dunnaway: you have triplets!
– You mean twins? I pushed out only two.
– Correct, Mrs. Dunnaway. However, one of your babies will be valued as two babies, which means you had three babies today. One plus two equals three, Mrs. Dunnaway.
– Well, can you at least tell me which baby is being valued as twice a baby?
– Right again, Mrs. Dunnaway. It is the baby on the left. The baby on the left is a very, very special baby.
– My left or your left, doctor?
– His middle, Mrs. Dunnaway. In the frame of reference of the special doublebaby, he is merely in the middle and everything is left or right of him.
– Pardon my rudeness, but—why is this baby suddenly so special?
– Frankly, Mrs. Dunnaway, we have quotas here.
– Ah, I see. Well, I best be going now to take my babies home.
– Wait one second, Mrs. Dunnaway. Your insurance only covers twins. I’ll need to bill you for the doublebaby-plus-one package.
– Oh, my apologies, doctor.
– No, thank you, Mrs. Dunnaway. Now have fun, all four of you.