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A contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" had reached the final plateau. If she answered the next question correctly, she would win $1,000,000. If she answered incorrectly, she would pocket only the $32,000 milestone money. And as she suspected it would be, the million-dollar question was no pushover. It was, "Which of the following species of birds does not build its own nest, but instead lays its eggs in the nests of other birds? Is it:

A) the condor;

B) the buzzard;

C) the cuckoo; or

D) the crow?"

The woman was on the spot. She did not know the answer. And she was doubly on the spot because she had used up her 50/50 Lifeline and her Audience Poll Lifeline. All that remained was her Phone-a-Friend Lifeline, and the woman had hoped against hope that she would not have to use it because the only friend that she knew who would be home happened to be a blonde.

Yet the contestant had no alternative. She called her friend and gave her the question and the four choices. The blonde responded unhesitatingly: "That's easy. The answer is C: The cuckoo; and that is my final answer."

The contestant was taken aback at the temerity of her lifeline but hesitated. She had to make a decision and make it fast, one that could cost her a chance at a million bucks. She considered employing a reverse strategy and giving Regis any answer except the one that her friend had given her. Then considering that her friend was a blonde, that seemed to be the logical thing to do. On the other hand the blonde had responded with such confidence, such certitude, and so quickly, that the contestant could not help but be persuaded.

"I need an answer," said Regis.

Crossing her fingers, the contestant said, "C: The cuckoo."

"Is that your final answer?" asked Regis.

"Yes, that is my final answer."

Almost two minutes later, Regis said, "I regret to inform you that your answer is . . absolutely correct. You are now a millionaire!"

Three days later, the contestant hosted a party for her family and friends -- including the blonde who had helped her win the million dollars.

She told her friend: "Jenny, I just don't know how to thank you. Because of your knowing the answer to that final question, I am now a millionaire. And, do you want to know something? It was the assuredness with which you
answered the question that convinced me to go with your choice. By the way, how did you happen to know the right answer?"

"Oh, come on," said the blonde. "Everybody knows that cuckoos don't build nests - they live in clocks." :headbang:

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:laugh01: i just read it, pretty damn funny!

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