Fifty Dollars

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, “Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.” Esther always replied, “I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.”

One year when Esther and Morris went to the fair Morris said, “Esther, I’m 85 years old. This might be my last chance to ride that helicopter.” Esther replied, “That helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and $50 is $50”.

The pilot overheard them and said, “Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take both of you for a ride. If you stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny! If you say one word it’s fifty dollars.”

Morris and Esther agreed. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers and daredevil tricks over and over again, but still not a word.

When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, “By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!”

Morris replied, “Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, but you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars!”