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The mayor of Phoenix was very worried about a plague of pigeons in Phoenix. He could not remove the pigeons from the city. All of Phoenix was full of pigeon poop. The people of Phoenix could not walk on the sidewalks or drive on the roads. It was costing a fortune to keep the streets and sidewalks clean.
One day a man came to City Hall and offered the mayor a proposition. “I can rid your beautiful city of its plague of pigeons without cost to the city. But 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, 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 gathered up 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 waiting for her atop City Hall. The Mayor was very impressed. He thought the man and the blue pigeon had performed a 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 $1M and told the man that, indeed, he did have a question to ask even though they had agreed to no fee. He decided to pay the $1M and ask just ONE question. The man accepted the money and told the mayor to ask his question.
Do you think the mayor wanted to know where the pigeons went … or where the man got the blue pigeon? Noooooooo!
The mayor asked: “Do you happen to have a blue Mexican?”