# Millionaire Winning Question

This little story just goes to show that you should never underestimate a blonde.

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.

The question 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 contestant 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.

The woman 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 the game show host, Merideth, any answer except the one that her friend had given her. And considering that 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 persuaded.

"I need an answer," said Merideth.

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

"Yes, that is my final answer."

Two minutes later, Merideth said, "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 dollars.

"Jeni, I just do not know how to thank you," said the winnning contestant. "How did you happen to know the right answer?"

"Oh, come on," said Jeni, the blonde...

"Everybody knows that cuckoos don't build nests! They live in clocks."

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As a brunette with a few gray streaks, I really appreciate this post but I'm not so sure my daughter-in-law would. :) ( This is a secret, so don't tell anybody, but we sometimes refer to her privately as "The Blonde.")

By carolyn13 (not verified) on 06 Dec 2007 #permalink

Excellent, except that Milestone money = \$32,000

That's a good joke. I never saw it coming.

By Ken Shabby (not verified) on 06 Dec 2007 #permalink

OK, a blond goes into a bank in New York city on a Friday afternoon and asks for a short term loan of \$10,000.

"I'm going to Italy for the weekend, and I need some cash. I'm a little short right now, but I'll be able to pay it back as soon as I come home."

The banker checks her credit, and says he will need some collateral. She hands over the keys to a brand new Jaguar.

He approves the loan, and she leaves on her trip.

When she comes back, sure enough she pays off the entire loan, including the \$12.57 in interest.

The banker, overcome with curiosity asks her "Why on Earth would you put down such an expensive car as collateral on such a small loan? You could easily have borrowed five times that much, or used much less valuable collateral?"

"Are you kidding? Where else could I have parked my Jaguar in New York over the weekend and been absolutely sure it would be safe for \$12.57?"