Stumpy and his wife Martha went to the State Fair every
year. Every year Stumpy would say, "Martha, I'd like to
ride in that there airplane."
And every year Martha would say, "I know, Stumpy, but
that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten
One year Stumpy and Martha went to the fair and Stumpy
said, "Martha, I'm 71 years old. If I don't ride that airplane
this year I may never get another chance. "
Martha replied, "Stumpy, that there airplane ride costs ten
dollars, And ten dollars is ten dollars."
The pilot overheard them and said, "Folks, I'll make you a
deal. I'll take you both up for a ride. If you can stay quiet for
the entire ride and Not say one word, I won't charge you, but
if you say one word it's ten dollars."
Stumpy and Martha agreed and up they go. The pilot does
all kinds of twists and turns, rolls and dives, but not a word
is heard. He does all his tricks over again, but still not a
word. They land and the pilot turns to Stumpy, "By golly, I
did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but
Stumpy replied, "Well, I was gonna say something when
Martha fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars.