*A  contestant, Sally, 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. *
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If  she answered incorrectly, she would pocket only  the $25,000 milestone money. *
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And as she  suspected, the Million Dollar Question was no  pushover. *
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It 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: *
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A) the condor  * *
B) the buzzard C) the cuckoo D) the  vulture *
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The woman was on the spot. She  did not know the answer. *
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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 best friend was, well, a blonde.  * *
But she had no alternative. 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.’ *
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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. *
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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, such certitude,  that the contestant could not help but be  convinced. *
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Crossing her fingers, the  contestant said, ‘C: The cuckoo.’ *
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‘Is  that your final answer?’ *
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‘Yes, that is  my final answer.’ *
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‘That answer is  absolutely correct! *
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You are now a  millionaire!’ *
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Three days later, the  contestant hosted a party for her family and  friends, including the blonde who had helped her  win the million dollars. *
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‘Jeni, I just  do not know how to thank you, ‘ said the  contestant. ‘How did you happen to know the  right answer?’ *
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‘Oh, come on,’ said the  blonde ‘Everybody knows that cuckoos  don’t build  nests. They live in clocks.’ *
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Sally  fainted.*
 

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