Mr Smith's new nose

It is the 22nd century and the world is very different. With new technologies, people can have the bodies that they want. See what happens when Mr Smith decides to change his body. 

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'Well, Mr Smith, if you prefer a different type of nose, we have a large selection available.'

'I think this nose is a bit too small.'

'Small noses are very fashionable this year, Mr Smith, very fashionable.'

'Do you think it suits me?' asked Mr Smith.

'I think it looks very nice,' said the shop assistant.

'OK, I'll take it!'

On the airbus home, Mr Smith called his wife on his wristphone.

'Hello dear! Do you like my new nose?'

Mrs Smith looked at her husband's new nose on the videophone monitor on the wall in the kitchen. 'I think it's a bit too small, dear,' she said.

'Small noses are very fashionable this year,' replied Mr Smith, 'very fashionable.' It's all so easy now, thought Mr Smith. A hundred years ago, it was impossible to change your body. Or almost impossible – there was the old-fashioned 'plastic surgery', but it was expensive, painful and dangerous. Ugh! Now, thanks to our 22nd-century genetic engineering, we can change our bodies when we want!

He looked at his new small nose in the mirror and thought about how fashionable he was. He was very happy with his new nose. The only problem now, he thought, was that he needed some new hair to go with his new nose.

He looked on the internet for some new hair, but the internet was so slow. Eventually he decided to go to Bodyco in person.

'Good morning, Mr Smith,' said the Bodyco shop assistant. 'How can I help you today?'

Mr Smith remembered the robot shop assistant in the Bodyco shop a few years ago. The robot was friendlier and more efficient, but too many robots made too much unemployment and the robot was replaced by a human.

'I'd like some new hair, please.'

'Certainly, Mr Smith. What type of hair would you like? Short, blond hair goes well with a small nose. How about short, blond hair?'

Mr Smith looked at his hair. It was old and grey. Yes, he thought, short and blond. When he was young he had short, blond hair. He wanted to look young again.

'Yes, I'll have short blond hair, please. Could it be a bit curly as well?'

'Curly?' asked the shop assistant.

'Yes, you know, curly – not straight!'

'Yes, Mr Smith, I know what "curly" means, but curly hair isn't very fashionable this year.'

'Isn't it?'

'No, it isn't.'

'But I like curly hair!'

'Very well, Mr Smith – short, blond, curly hair. Would you like anything else? We have a special offer on ears this week.'


'Yes, Mr Smith. The things you hear with.'

'I know what ears are! What type of ears are on offer?'

Mr Smith went out of the shop with new short, blond, curly hair and two new ears.

After this, his interest in his new body started to grow. In the next few weeks he bought new eyes (green – unusual, but fashionable), new hands, new arms, new knees and new feet. Mrs Smith was happy because Mr Smith's new feet didn't smell as bad as his old feet.

His body was now completely different.

'Am I the same man I was a few weeks ago?' thought Mr Smith. 'I have a new nose, new hair, new ears, new eyes, hands, arms, knees and feet. But I have the same brain – so I think I'm the same man.' He thought he was the same man but he wasn’t sure.

One morning, he woke up and his new nose didn't work.

'What’s the matter?' asked Mrs Smith.

'My new nose doesn't work – it's blocked.'

'Maybe you've got a cold,' suggested Mrs Smith.

'That’s impossible! This is a genetically engineered Bodyco nose! It doesn't get colds!'

But it was true – the new nose did not work. It was blocked and Mr Smith couldn't smell anything.

He went back to the Bodyco shop.

'Good morning, Mr Smith,' said the assistant. 'What would you like today?'

'I want a new nose,' said Mr Smith.

'You already want a new nose?' said the surprised shop assistant. 'But you’ve only had this one for a month! Don't worry, small noses are still fashionable!'

'No, you don't understand,' said Mr Smith. 'I want a new nose because this one doesn't work!'

'That's impossible,' said the shop assistant. 'You have a genetically engineered Bodyco nose. It can't go wrong!'

'But it has gone wrong,' replied Mr Smith. 'It's blocked and I can't smell anything.'

'What have you used your nose to do, Mr Smith?' asked the shop assistant.

'What have I done with my nose? That's a stupid question! I haven't done anything unusual with my nose. I've used it to breathe and to smell, as usual!'

'If you have not used your nose correctly, Mr Smith, it is possible that it will not work correctly.'

'That's absurd!' shouted Mr Smith. 'I want my money back! I want a refund!'

'I'm afraid that we do not give refunds, Mr Smith. There was no guarantee with this nose.'

Mr Smith was so angry that he didn't know what to say. He walked out of the shop and didn't say anything.

But now he had a big problem: a useless nose. Fashionable, yes. Useful, no.

Unfortunately, his problems started to grow. The next morning he woke up and found he couldn't hear anything. Then his new blond hair went grey. Then his new knees didn't move. Then he couldn't see a thing with his unusual green eyes. His fingers fell off, one by one.
Eventually, Mrs Smith put him in their aircar and flew to the Bodyco shop. She carried her husband into the shop, because now he couldn't walk.

'Good morning, Mr Smith,' said the shop assistant. 'What can I do for you today?'

'Mr Smith wouldn’t like anything new at all today, thank you,' replied Mrs Smith. 'But he would like his old body back!'

'I'm afraid we don't give refunds, Mrs Smith.'

'I don't want a refund,' explained Mrs Smith. 'I want my husband's original body again! I liked it more than this new one!'

'I'm afraid that's very difficult, Mrs Smith,' said the shop assistant. 'We are an environmentally friendly company. All our old bodies are recycled.'

'But the new body parts that you sold him don't work! What can he do now?'

'He could buy a reconditioned body.'

'What's a "reconditioned" body?'

'It's an old body that has been modified.'

'Can I have a look at one?'

'Certainly.' The shop assistant spoke to his computer and a reconditioned body appeared. It was a very familiar body. Mrs Smith recognised the big nose and the grey hair.

'But that's my husband!' shouted Mrs Smith. 'That's the original Mr Smith!'

'Yes, that's right,' said the shop assistant. 'We reconditioned Mr Smith's old body.'

'Can he have his old body back then, please?'

'Certainly, Mrs Smith. That'll be 100,000 euros, please.'

'100,000 euros!' shouted Mrs Smith. 'That's very expensive, isn't it?'

'Mr Smith has been reconditioned!'

Mr Smith got his own body back, and Mrs Smith flew him back home in the aircar.

'I'm myself again!' he shouted.

'Not exactly,' said Mrs Smith. 'You have been reconditioned.'

'What does "reconditioned" mean?'

'Well,' said Mrs Smith, 'I think it means that you have a new brain!'

'I think that will be very useful,' said Mr Smith.

'I think so too, dear,' said Mrs Smith.

Chris Rose

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Submitted by Khin Yee Mon Khaing on Sat, 07/08/2021 - 04:03

Funny store but I am afraid.

Submitted by Aye Chan Moe on Thu, 18/02/2021 - 07:38

It will be utterly ridiculous. There won't be enough natural resources and people could suffer from climate change and dieseases just like Covid-19. Although, there could be advantages too. People could travel more often and everything will be faster---quicker than ever.

Submitted by Eda on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 18:08

If you don't feel comfortable and change yourself, you may need your old identity. That's why you have to be self-righteous.

Submitted by ilayda muduroglu on Wed, 20/01/2021 - 18:00

You have to love yourself and not put yourself in different ways. But if you put yourself in different ways, you could have bad consequences.

Submitted by Madhushree on Sun, 20/12/2020 - 14:21

I like this store

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Thu, 17/12/2020 - 12:02

I think 22th century would be so aweful and exciting.

Submitted by BlaiChan on Sat, 05/12/2020 - 03:27

It's unimaginable, I reckon that most of the job will be done by machines, robots which is controlled by computer programs, Al technology. More people are unemployed, so how can people survive if they have no income. It's terrible. And the technology's growth nowadays is accelerate year by year. They can't even control it. I'm so scared after I watched the 'Social Dilemma'. Then, I decided to cut down my screen times and go on digital detox. It seems to me that the 21st century is the best for human being.

Submitted by danisep on Tue, 10/11/2020 - 02:46

I think that plastic surgeries are necessary for some people which need change some trouble for instance those people that couldn’t breath correctly or have a bad bite and need a special surgery in them mouths to have a healthy life. I think that on 22nd century we are going to change the way how us communicating, the common languages that now we use will be just one, that same language going to be use to communicate to machines, we need to have some IA inside us to control machines and not backward and the first step going to be Neuralink.

Submitted by Diana khavloshvili on Sun, 25/10/2020 - 16:37

Funny story :D

Submitted by loveiseverything on Wed, 14/10/2020 - 09:22

21 century is the best even though there is COVID 19, I still love 21 century because I am living at the moment. Nothing is more important than being alive.

Submitted by 640310 on Tue, 22/09/2020 - 19:35

Mr Smith wanted to change him self to hole new person just to Follow the fashion back in that century and Eventually he find out it wasn’t suitable for him as Some his body part wasn’t working Properly ,sometimes being fashionable and Doing plastic surgery it’s not going to suit everyone and thats is a lesson to not Waste our money. The end

Submitted by Malaria on Wed, 26/08/2020 - 10:04

This guy is definetily Sasori from Naruto.

Submitted by su0 on Thu, 06/08/2020 - 18:38

i guess i won't be in the world in the 22nd century so it will be boring :D that's it.

Submitted by Mrunal on Sun, 31/05/2020 - 15:48

I think just like the story new technology will come and it would be a problem more than a more simple life means less efforts to take to get something done.

Submitted by Lila Naem on Mon, 25/05/2020 - 09:53

in my opinion, apart from what is happening in the world nowadays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 22nd century will be more advanced in plastic surgery as many people are crazy about their appearance and how they look. Unfortunately, these people are not satisfied with their appearance and this is the point in which the genetic engineering companies angled at.

Submitted by dan on Thu, 30/04/2020 - 07:04

Personally, i'm not a fun for plastic surgery. Every human been is beautiful and unique in their own way. I saw, just like everyone else, some situation after plastic surgery with awful results. I don't recommend it to anyone to make such physical changes. For sure, the mother nature was generous in a way or other with all of us.

Submitted by Nanya on Tue, 21/04/2020 - 22:02

I'm really terrified that technology will destroy mankind.

Submitted by sofiagranillo on Tue, 07/04/2020 - 12:46

It is difficult to talk about the future in this corona virus`s days, in wich rich countries seems to be unprotected. Nobody could think a few years ago in this reality. So i think that meaby we will probably be sorrounded by robots and tecnology in many diferents types but there is something about this world that you can never be sure. I think that nature will make the big difference. So from this point, we should start to think about the furure with all these variables.

Submitted by sky. on Thu, 26/03/2020 - 10:14

I don't know how is the future gonna be , but it's not impossible to do this , sure we can not do it as easy as Mr.Smith does. I'm afraid if this is what will happen.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Tue, 10/03/2020 - 18:00

I couldn't say if the 22nd century will be like, but I share the same fear with Elis Khatizah.

Submitted by potetegodt on Mon, 02/12/2019 - 08:26

hello, kermit the frog here.

Submitted by parisaach on Wed, 17/07/2019 - 08:10

I don't know how the 22nd century will be, but I doubt this story ever going to happen. It is impossible to change part of your body so easily, but who knows science can change anything now the surgeries going easier than before and maybe it will be easier in the future. Everything would be possible in 22nd century, technology is growing so fast and changing our lives. who predicted a world like that a hundred years ago, now we can do everything with our mobile phone. It was so strange to the people in previous century. There are something that I really enjoy about the future, one of the thing that I really like is flying, I read a news about flying soldiers in France yesterday. It was really interesting to me I imagined myself flying in the air and I think it won't be a dream for future people. I think people can eaily fly in future. The other thing that I really interested in, is motion games and virtual reality. I think in futurer people could play in a situation as real as our real world. It would be so exciting, unfortunately I wouldn't be alive to play these kind of games. Another thing that definitely would change in future is our mobile phones, our communication. Maybe we won't have a physical phone in future to communicate to each other, take photo or listen to the music. I don't have any idea how it would be, but I am sure it will change. After all I should say nothing in this world is impossible , maybe all life on the earth would extinct, the sun explode and no 22nd century ever come.

Submitted by igor ap on Tue, 22/01/2019 - 18:32

Hello! Please let me know exactly, What is difference between FASHION and FASHIONABLE? Best Regards, Igor

Submitted by Peter M. on Wed, 23/01/2019 - 06:58

In reply to by igor ap


Hello igor ap,

'Fashion' is generally a noun. It describes the styles which are popular at a given time. Most often it describes clothing, but it can refer to other things too (music, literature, make-up etc). It can be used as an adjective in certain phrases related to fashion: the fashion business, a fashion designer, a fashion magazine etc.

'Fashionable' is an adjective which describes something which is currently popular. For example, you might say:

That hairstyle is really fashionable at the moment.

I know my clothes aren't very fashionable. I don't pay too much attention to that sort of thing.




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