Mom’s Tricky Questions
My mother is really smart. When we were doing one of our Family Traditions—the Mack Supreme Court—she said, “Your Honor…I offer the witnesses a challenge. I will ask four questions which they must answer with lies. If they succeed in lying to every question, I will ask nothing further. If, however, either of them tells the truth even once, they must tell the truth to all my succeeding questions.”
All Georgie and I had to do was give a wrong answer to every question, but my mom pulled a terrific trick on us. Did you figure out what it was?
Here’s what she did.
She asked, “Georgie Sinkoff . . . how much is two plus two?”
After a while, Georgie answered, “Umm . . . five and one-half.”
Then she asked me in a very accusative voice, “Ronald Mack, where were you last August sixteenth in the afternoon?”
That was easy. August 16 was my birthday, and it was the last day of summer camp. I made up a totally bogus, totally excellent answer. “Oh, yes,” I said. “August sixteenth. That was when my sister fell off the stage at her ballet recital, landed in the orchestra pit, and got her entire head stuck inside a tuba.”
After Goon got kicked out of the room for losing her temper and trying to hit me (she missed), Mom, still acting like the prosecutor, turned to Georgie and asked “Mr. Sinkoff, what event is taking place this coming weekend?”
We both laughed and howled!
That’s when Mom nodded, and asked me, “Was that my third question?”
“Yes,” I answered…WITHOUT THINKING! It was her fourth question…and I answered it truthfully.
Has anyone in your family played a trick on you? Tell me in the comment section.