Well, Tom plays the Big League version of that game. "It's easy to convince people that I lost my hands in a shark attack, so that's the story I tell all the time. Sometimes, I'll even cover my hands in ketchup and show them to unsuspecting people." Hey, they say you have to laugh at your problems, so, logically, other people should scream in terror at your problems. That's basic science.
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The trick is to pull it back just before you find yourself explaining the joke to a bunch of humorless paramedics.
Over the years, Tom's twisted sense of humor has left behind a long trail of freaked-out children and mentally-scarred drive-thru employees. But it's really Tom's love of puns that's made him our personal hero. "At work, when someone asks me, 'Do you need a hand?' I always say, 'I need two.' Or when someone talks about a 'hands-on meeting' I like to yell out, 'THIS OFFENDS ME' ... I love making those jokes."
Still, we don't want you to think that Tom is only concerned with making a bunch of silly little jokes about his condition. He's also all about the long joke game: "I met my best friend in middle school ... When we first met, I asked him to tie my shoes. He did. He then continued doing it for a year until he caught me doing it on my own. The last time he tied my shoes was at my wedding."