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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

I came across this joke that was sent to me via email the other day and just had to share it. I have no idea if it’s real, but I thought it was hilarious! Enjoy!

Sally, 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 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 woman was on the spot…she did not know the answer. 

She had used up her 50/50 Lifeline and her Ask the Audience Lifeline. All that remained was her Phone-a-Friend Lifeline.  She hoped she would not have to use it because…her friend was well ~ blonde… but she had no alternative… so 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 any answer except
the one that her friend had given her… and considering her friend was a blonde that would seem to be the logical thing to do… but her friend had responded with such confidence, that the contestant could not help but be convinced.

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

“Is that your final answer?”

“Yes, that is my final answer.”

“‘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 contestant, “How did you happen to know the right answer?’

“Oh, come on,” said the blonde…”Everybody knows that cuckoos don’t build nests. They live in clocks.”

Sally fainted…

Just in case you missed it, check out my humorous post about how I embarrassed my family in 5 minutes or less (scroll down to just before Movie Monday) It’s worth the read!


Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and on Facebook at

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