John and his wife went to the state fair every year. Each time, John would say, “I’d like to ride in that airplane.”
And every year, his wife would say, “I know, Johnny, but that airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars.”
Then, finally one year, John and his wife attended the fair and John said, “I’m 71 years old. If I don’t ride that airplane this year, I may never get another chance.”
“That airplane ride costs ten dollars, and ten dollars is ten dollars,” replied his wife.
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’ll cost you ten dollars.”
John and his wife agree and up they go. The pilot does all kinds of twists and turns, but not a word is uttered by John or his wife. He does all his tricks over again, but still not a word. They land and the pilot turns to John. “By golly, I did everything I could think of to get you to yell out, but you didn’t.”
John replied, “Well, I was gonna say something when my wife fell out, but ten dollars is ten dollars.”