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Wednesday, May 3

A fair contest of wits

A poet and a lawyer are travelling together on an airplane. Bored, the lawyer decides to challenge the poet to a contest of questions: whenever one of them could not answer correctly a question the other had asked, they would pay the other £5. The poet points out that the lawyer is obviously a very bright man and there would be no real contest; but the lawyer quickly ups the challenge: the poet could still pay him £5 per incorrect answer, but if the lawyer could not answer, he would owe the poet £50. To this the poet agrees.

First the lawyer asks the poet the exact distance between the earth and the moon. The poet, knowing that he did not know, does not even stop to try to work it out, but takes a £5 bill out of his pocket and hands it to the lawyer, which the lawyer happily accepts: "Okay, your turn."

After a couple of minutes, the poet asks the lawyer: "What goes up a mountain on three legs, but comes down on four?"

The lawyer is stumped. Nothing helps, not his notepad, not his calculations, not his Blackberry. Finally, as the airplane is coming in for a landing, the lawyer gives up, and reluctantly hands the poet a £50 note. The poet accepts it graciously, getting ready to stand up, but: "Wait! You can't do this to me! What is the answer?"

The poet looks at the lawyer, and calmly places a £5 note into his hand.


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