Wednesday, December 5, 2007


Aunt Maggie is at it again....

A contestant on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' had reached the
plateau. If she answered the next question correctly, she would

If she answered incorrectly, she would pocket only the $64,000
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 vulture?'

The woman was on the spot. She did not know the answer. And she
doubly on the spot because she had used up her 5 0/50 Lifeline
and her
Audience Poll Lifeline. All that remained was her Phone-a-Friend

The woman hoped she would not have to use it because ... her
friend was,
well .. blond. She had no alternative She called her friend and
gave her
the question and the four choices. The blonde responded
'That's easy. The answer is C: The cuckoo.'

The contestant had to make a decision and make it fast. She
employing a reverse strategy and giving Meredith any answer
except the
one that her friend had given her. And considering that her
friend was a
blond, that would seem to be the logical thing to do. On the
other hand -
the blond had responded with such confidence, such certitude,
that the
contestant could not help but be persuaded.

I need an answer,' said Meredith.

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

'Is that your final answer?' asked Meredith.

'Yes, that is my final answer.'

Moments later, Meredith said, 'you are right that is the correct
You are now a millionaire!'

Three days later, the contestant hosted a party for her family
friends including the blond who had helped her win the million
'Jenny, I just do not know how to thank you!' said the
contestant. 'How
did you happen to know the right answer?'

'Oh, come on,' said the blond. 'Everybody knows that cuckoos
don't build
nests. They live in clocks.'

thanks Aunt Mag

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