Elmer and his wife Doris went to the state fair every year, and every year Elmer would say, “Doris, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.”
Doris always replied, “Elmer, that helicopter ride costs fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.”
One year Elmer and Doris went to the fair, and Elmer said, “Doris, I’m 85 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter now, I might never get another chance.”
Doris replied as usual, “Elmer, that helicopter ride costs fifty bucks, and fifty bucks is fifty bucks.”
The pilot overheard the couple and said, “Folks, I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word, I won’t charge you anything. But if you say anything, it will cost you fifty dollars.”
Elmer and Doris agreed, and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of crazy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did every daredevil trick he knew, trying to get a reaction, but neither of his passengers uttered so much as a peep.
When they landed, the pilot said, “I’m really impressed. I did everything I could to get you to say something, but you didn’t.”
Elmer replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Doris fell out, but you know, fifty bucks is fifty bucks.”