A man strolled into the paint section of a hardware store and walked up to the assistant.
“I’d like a pint of canary colored paint”, he said to the assistant.
“Certainly”, the assistant replied, ” but would you mind if I ask why you need it?”
“It’s my parakeet”, the man said. “You see, I want to enter him in a canary contest. He sings so sweetly that I know he’s sure to win. He’s just the wrong color though”.
“Well, you can’t do that”, the assistant said. “If you cover a bird in paint, the chemicals in the paint will almost certainly kill the poor thing”.
“No, they won’t”, the man replied.
“Listen my friend, I’ll bet you ten bucks that your parakeet dies if you try to paint him”, the shop assistant said.
“You’re on!” the man said.
So, two days later, the man walked back into the hardware store, looking very sheepish and put ten bucks on the counter in front of the assistant.
“So the paint killed your bird then?” the assistant asked him.
“Indirectly”, the man replied. “He seemed to handle the paint okay, but he didn’t survive the sanding between coats”.
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