A SCIENTIST gets on an interstate train. Sitting next to him is a poor farmer, so to pass the time the scientist decides to play a game with the man.
“You ask me a question, and if I don’t know the answer or get it wrong, I’ll pay you $10,” the scientist tells the farmer. “Then I will ask you a question and if you don’t know the answer, you have to pay me $1.”
The farmer thinks for a while and says: “Okay, what has three legs and takes 10 hours to climb up a palm tree, but only 10 seconds to get back down?”
The scientist is confused and thinks long and hard about the question. Finally, the train ride is coming to an end. As the train pulls into the station, the scientist is still stumped, so he takes out $10 and gives it to the farmer.
“You win,” he says. “So, what has three legs and takes 10 hours to get up a palm tree but 10 seconds to get back down?”
The farmer takes the $10 and puts it into his pocket. He then takes out $1, hands it to the scientist, and replies: “I don’t know.” Ty D Proffitt, email