logo

sign-up-for-free-cybersalt-today-button

$50 Question

A scientist and a poet were traveling in the same compartment on a train. They had never met before, so naturally there wasn't much conversation between the two.

The poet was minding his own business, looking out the window at the beauty of the passing terrain. The scientist was very uptight, trying to think of things he didn't know so he could try to figure them out. Finally, the scientist was so bored that he said to the poet, "Hey, do you want to play a game?" The poet, being content with what he was doing, ignored him and continued looking out the window, humming quietly to himself. This infuriated the scientist, who irritably asked again, "Hey, you, do you want to play a game? I'll ask you a question, and if you get it wrong, you give me $5. Then, YOU ask ME a question, and if I can't answer it, I'll give YOU $5."

The poet thought about this for a moment, but he decided against it, seeing that the scientist was obviously a very bright man. He politely turned down the scientist's offer.
The scientist, who by this time was going mad, tried a final time. "Look, I'll ask you a question, and if you can't answer it, you give me $5. Then you ask ME a question, and if I can't answer it, I'll give you $50!"

Now, the poet was not that smart academically, but he wasn't totally stupid. He readily accepted the offer. "Okay," the scientist said, "what is the EXACT distance between the Earth and the Moon?" The poet, obviously not knowing the answer, didn't stop to think about the scientist's question.
He took a $5 bill out of his pocket and handed it to the scientist. The scientist happily accepted the bill and promptly said, "Okay, now it's your turn." The poet thought about this for a few minutes and then asked, "All right, what goes up a mountain on three legs, but comes down on four?"

The bright glow quickly vanished from the scientist's face. He thought about this for a long time, taking out his notepad and making numerous calculations. He finally gave up on his notepad and took out his laptop, using his Multimedia Encyclopedia. After about an hour of this, the poet quietly watching the mountains of Colorado go by the whole time, the scientist FINALLY gave up. He reluctantly handed the poet a $50 bill. The poet accepted it graciously, turning back to the window.

"Wait!" the scientist shouted. "You can't do this to me!

What's the answer?" The poet looked at the scientist and calmly put a $5 bill into his hand.
Powered By JFBConnect

More Jokes

  • Default Image

    Lariat Training

    More than anything, Bob wanted to be a cowpoke. Taking pity on him, a rancher decided to…
  • Default Image

    Company Motivation Posters

    *Company Motivation Posters You Will Never See*1) If you do a good job and work hard, you…
  • Default Image

    Cowboy Joe goes to Church

    Cowboy Joe was telling his fellow cowboys back on the ranch about his first visit to a…
  • Default Image

    Computer Cup Holder

    A friend of mine was on the phone with a tech rep from another company. That tech rep…
  • Default Image

    A Letter From College

    A Letter from College:Dear Dad,$chool i$ really great. I am making lot$ of friend$ and…
  • dog3

    A Dog's Diary

    5:30am: Started the day as a hero! When the sound of the newspaper hitting the driveway…
  • usa map

    Mr. Jones Is History

    Mr. Jones, the elementary school principal, made it a practice to visit the classes from…
  • Default Image

    Monitors

    I sell new and used computers for a living. At an exhibit and sale, I decided to give…
  • car old

    You Need A New Car When

    You need a new car when ... - You pull over to let a fire truck go by, and it stops…
  • chickens

    Prepared Chicken

    "May I take your order?" the waiter asked. "Yes, how do you prepare your chickens?"…
  • Default Image

    Let's See If I Get Anything

    My eldest daughter got married at the end of last summer and is now in the process of…
  • Default Image

    Dog Applicant

    A sign was hung in an office window. It read: Help wanted. Must type 70 words a minute.…
  • Default Image

    Exact Address

    Torrential rainstorms were knocking down power lines all over town. That meant, as a…
  • Default Image

    Unfinished Quest

    Long, long ago an old Indian chief was about to die, so he called for Geronimo and…
  • Default Image

    Tennis Take On

    A manager has to take on some sport by his doctor so he decides to play tennis. After a…