A father had a teenage son, and it was getting time the boy should give some thought to choosing a profession. Like many young men, he really didn't know what he wanted to do, and he didn't seem to concerned either.
One day, while the lad was away at school, his father decided to try an experiment. He went into the boy's room and placed four objects on his bedside table: a Bible, a £5 note, a bottle of whisky and a Playboy magazine.
"I'll just hide behind the dooor," the father said to himself,"when he comes home from school this afternoon, I'll watch to see which object he picks up.
"If it's the Bible, he's going to be a vicar. If he picks up the money, he's going to be a banker or businessman. But if he picks up the bottle he's going to be a no-good drunkard. Worst of all, if he picks up the magazine he's going to be a skirt chasing bum."
The man waited anxiously, and soon heard his son's footsteps as he entered the house and headed to his room. The boy tossed his books on the bed, and as he turned to leave the room he spotted the objects on the table.With curiosity in his eye, he walked over and inspected them.
Finally, he picked up the Bible and placed it under his arm. He picked up the money and dropped it in his pocket. He then uncorked the bottle and took a big swig as he admired the centrefold in the magazine.
"Lord have mercy," the old man whispered disgustingly,"he's going to run for Parliament!"