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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

$25,000 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

D) the vulture

The woman was on the spot. She

did not know the answer. She had used up her 50/50 Lifeline

and her Ask the Audience Lifeline. All that remained was

her Phone-a-Friend Lifeline. She hoped she

would not have to use it because .. Her friend was,

well, blonde. But she 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.'

The contestant had to make a decision and make it fast.

She considered employing a reverse strategy

and giving Meredith any answer except the one that her friend

had given her. And considering her friend

was a blonde that would seem to be the logical thing to do. But her friend

had responded with such confidence,

such certitude, that the contestant could not help but be


'I need an answer,' said Meredith.

Crossing her fingers, the contestant

said, 'C: The cuckoo.'

'Is that your final answer?'

'Yes, that is my final answer.'

And Meredith replied, 'That 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


'Jeni, 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 blonde... 'Everybody knows that cuckoos

don't build nests. They live in clocks.'

The contestant fainted on the spot.
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