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A bet is a bet (Author: Unknown)
A dentist and an engineer are sitting next to each other on a long flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles on their way to a ski vacation. The dentist gets bored, leans over to the engineer and asks if he would like to play a fun game. The engineer wants to take a nap, so he politely declines and rolls over to the window to catch a few winks.
The dentist persists and explains that the game is real easy and a lot of fun. He explains, "I ask you a question, and if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5. Then you ask me a question, and if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you $5."
Again, the engineer politely declines and tries to get some sleep. The dentist, now somewhat agitated, says, "OK, if you don't know the answer, you pay me $5. But if I don't know the answer, I'll pay you $50."
This catches the engineer's attention, and he realizes that there will be no end to this torment unless he plays the game, so he agrees. The dentist asks the first question, "What's the maximum number of teeth you can have in your mouth?"
The engineer doesn't say a word, but reaches into his wallet and pulls out a five dollar bill and hands it to the dentist. Now it's the engineer's turn. He asks the dentist, "What goes up the hill with three legs and comes down with four?"
The dentist looks up at him with a puzzled look. He takes out his laptop computer and searches all of his references and encyclopedia. He taps into the airphone and searches the internet and the Library of Congress. Frustrated, he sends an email to his co-workers, but gets no answer. After about an hour of trashing around, he wakes the engineer up and hands him $50.
The engineer politely takes the $50 and turns away to go back to sleep. The dentist, more than a little miffed, shakes the engineer and asks, "Well, so what's the answer?"
Without a word, the engineer reaches into his wallet, hands the dentist $5, and goes back to sleep.