A businessman had been having an affair with his secretary. Now, the shoe had dropped: she was pregnant. Not wanting his wife to know, he gave her a sum of money and asked her to go to Italy and have the baby there. "But how will I let you know the baby is born?" she asked. He replied that she should just write spaghetti on a postcard and send it to him: he would take care of all the expenses. What else can she do? She takes the money and goes to Italy.
Six months later, the businessman's wife pulls out of the mail a postcard. Not knowing what to make of it, she calls her husband at the office: "Dear, you received a very strange postcard in the mail today from Europe, and I don't understand what it means."
"Hmm. Can you just tell me what is written on it?"
She tells him. He gasps and falls to the floor. The office staff quickly tell the wife what just happened and rush him to the hospital, where they discover he has just had a heart attack. When the wife gets there, the head medic asks her if she has any idea what trauma had precipitated the cardiac event. She looks puzzled: all she had done was to read him the postcard.
"And what did it say?"
She reads it off the card: "Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti - Two with sausage and meatballs, two without."