Have you ever had to deal with a plague of pigeons? Well, a few years ago, the mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, was very worried about a plague of pigeons in the city. True story, I kid you not. Well maybe I do tell a few fibs, this is a bit of a tall story, but you got this far so keep reading, it’s good for a laugh or two. If you put your mind to it, you might even get three laughs out of this.
No matter how hard he tried, the mayor of Phoenix just could not remove the pigeons from the city.
All of Phoenix was covered in pigeon poop. The people of Phoenix could not walk on the sidewalks or drive on the roads, everyone was getting really frustrated with the plague of pigeons. There was just pigeon poop everywhere.
The situation was dire. People couldn’t get in their cars and drive away without cleaning the pigeon poop off the windows first. Taking a walk in a park and walking under the trees, well that was more dangerous than walking under a ladder! It was well beyond being a serious problem.
To make matters worse, it was costing a fortune to keep the streets and sidewalks clean of all the pigeon droppings. The city was fighting a losing battle against these pesky birds.
One day, a man came to Phoenix City Hall and offered the Mayor a proposition. “I can rid your beautiful city of its plague of pigeons without any cost to the city. However, you must promise not to ask me any questions. Or, you can pay me one million dollars to ask one question”.
The mayor considered the offer briefly and accepted the free proposition.
The next day, the man climbed to the top of City Hall, where he opened his coat and released a blue pigeon.
The blue pigeon circled in the air and flew up into the bright blue Arizona sky.
All the pigeons in Phoenix saw the blue pigeon and then took to the air and gathered up as a huge flock behind the blue pigeon. The Phoenix pigeons followed the blue pigeon as she flew southward out of the city.
The next day, the blue pigeon returned completely alone to the man, who was stood on the top of City Hall.
The Mayor was very impressed.
He felt that the man and the blue pigeon had performed a wonderful miraculous feat to rid Phoenix of the plague of pigeons.
Even though the man with the pigeon had charged nothing, the mayor presented him with a check for a million dollars and told the man that, indeed, he did have a question to ask and even though they had agreed to no fee and the man had rid the city of pigeons, he decided to pay the million dollars just to get to ask ONE question.
The man accepted the money and told the mayor to ask his ONE question.
Do you think the Mayor is going to ask how the blue pigeon led all the pigeons away?
Do you think the Mayor is going to ask where all the pigeons went?
Do you think he is going to ask where the man got the blue pigeon?
Nooooooo! If you thought that the question the mayor asked the man was any of the above, you would be absolutely wrong!
This will get a smile out of you!
The question that the mayor asked was, “Do you have a blue Mexican?”
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