A contestant on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" had reached the final question. If she answered this next question correctly, she would win $1,000,000. If she quit now she would go home with a half-million dollars. But if she answered incorrectly, she would lose over $450,000 and leave with only $32,000. And as she suspected it would be, the million-dollar question was no pushover. The question was: Which of the following species of birds does not build its own nest, but instead lays its eggs in the nests of other birds? Is it: A) the condor B) the buzzard C) the cuckoo D) the vulture The woman was on the spot. She did not know the answer. And she was doubly on the spot because she had already used her "Ask the Audience" and the "50/50" lifelines. All that remained was the "Phone-a-Friend" and she was reluctant to use it because her friend was, well ....... blonde. But she had no alternative. She called her friend and gave her the question and the four choices. The blonde responded unhesitatingly: "That's easy. The answer is C: the cuckoo." The contestant had to make a decision and make it fast. She thought about employing a reverse strategy and giving Regis any answer except the one that her friend had given her; considering that her friend was a blonde, that would seem to be the logical thing to do. But the friend had responded with such confidence, such certainty, that the woman could not help but be persuaded. "I need an answer," said Regis. Crossing her fingers, the contestant said, "C: The cuckoo." "Is that your final answer?" "Yes, that is my final answer." After a long, dramatic pause for effect, Regis said, "That answer is absolutely correct! You are now a millionaire!" The confetti rained down, the audience cheered and applauded, and the woman cried for joy. Three days later, the contestant hosted a party for her family and friends, including the blonde who had helped her win the million dollars. Taking the blonde friend aside, she said, "Jeni, I just don't know how to thank you. How did you happen to know the right answer?" . . . . . . . Wait for it...... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Oh, come on," said the blonde. "Everybody knows that cuckoos don't build nests. They live in clocks."