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    Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

    It was a typical night of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire:

    Regis: “Barbara, you’ve done very well so far – $500,000 and one lifeline left — phone a friend.”

    “The next question will give you the top prize of $1 million dollars, if you get it right. But if you get it wrong, you will drop back to $32,000. Are you ready?”

    Barbara: “Sure, I’ll have a go!”

    Regis: “Which of the following birds does not build its own nest?

    Is it:
    A – Robin
    B – Sparrow
    C – Cuckoo
    D – Thrush

    Remember Barbara – its worth $1 million dollars.”

    “I think I know who it… I’m not 100%… no, I haven’t got a clue. I’d like to phone a friend Regis, just to be sure.”

    Regis: “Yes. Who, Barbara, do you want to phone?”

    Barbara: “I’ll phone my friend Maggie back home in Birmingham.”


    Maggie (a blonde): “Hello…”

    Regis: “Hello Maggie, its Regis here from Who Wants to be a Millionaire. I have Barbara here and she is doing really well on $500,000, but needs your help to get to a Million. The next voice you hear will be Barbara’s and she’ll read you the question. There are 4 possible answers and only 1 correct answer. You have 30 seconds to reply — fire away Barbara.”

    Barbara: “Maggie, which of the following birds does not build its own nest?

    Is it:
    A- Robin
    B- Sparrow
    C- Cuckoo
    D- Thrush

    Maggie: “Oh gees, Barbara that’s simple…It’s a cuckoo.”

    Barbara: “You think?”

    Maggie: “I’m sure.”

    Barbara: “Thanks Maggie.” (hangs up)

    Regis: “Well, do you want to stick on $500,000 or play on for the Million, Barbara?”

    Barbara: “I want to play, I’ll go with c-cuckoo”

    Regis: “Is that your final answer?”

    Barbara: “It is.”

    Regis: “Are you confident?”

    Barbara: “Yes fairly, Maggie’s a sound bet.”

    Regis: “Barbara… had $500,000 and you said c-cuckoo…you’re right! – You have just won ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!! Here is your check. You have been a great contestant and a real gambler. Audience please put your hands together for Barbara!”

    That night Barbara called round to Maggie and brought her down to a local bar for a celebratory drink and, as they were sipping their champagne, Barbara turned to Maggie and asked: “Tell me Maggie, How in God’s name did you know that it was the cuckoo that does not build its own nest?”

    Maggie: “Listen Barbara, everybody knows that a cuckoo lives in a clock!”
    Rick Grew

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