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Series: Life's Big Questions
Years ago, I heard a story about a lawyer. He was on an airplane ride from New York City to Los Angeles, and seated next to him was a blonde lady. And, ah, he knew it was going to be a long flight, and he was just kind of bored, and so he engaged the blonde lady in a, in a conversation. And he said to her, he said, ''Hey,'' he said, ''you know, this a long flight.'' He said, ''What if we played a little game.'' She said, ''I don't want to play.'' He said, ''No, we can play a little game. It'll be a fun game. It's an information game.'' He said, ''Here's how it goes. I'll ask you a question and if you can't answer, you have to pay me $5.00. And then, you can ask me a question, and if I can't answer, I'll pay you $5.00.'' She said, ''I don't want to play.'' He said, ''Well, come on, it'll be fun.'' She said, ''No, I'm not interested.'' And he's thinking to himself, All right, I'm a lawyer, she's a blonde.
He said, ''How about this: If I ask you a question and if you can't answer it, you pay me $5.00 and if you ask me a question and I can't answer it, I'll pay you $50.00.'' She thought for a minute. She goes, ''All right, I'll play.'' He said, ''Great! I'll start.'' He said, ''How many miles is the earth from the moon?'' She said, ''I don't know.'' She pulls out her purse, grabs $5.00, and gives him $5.00. He laughs. He said, ''All right, now it's your turn.'' She said, ''Okay.'' She said, ''What goes up a mountain on three legs and comes down the mountain on four legs?'' And he thought, and he thought and thought. What comes up a mountain on three legs and down the mountain on four legs? And he thought and thought and thought. Then he got on the Internet, on the airplane Internet wire, their service, and paid the money, and he started looking it up. And he e-mailed some friends. It was kind of like phone-a-friend, you know, he couldn't come up with any answer. He worked on it fo ...
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