The mayor of Lexington, Kentucky was very worried about
a plague of pigeons in Lexington.
The mayor could not remove the pigeons from the city. All
of Lexington was full of pigeon poop. The people of Lexington
couldn't walk on the sidewalks or drive on the roads. It was
costing a fortune to try 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 five million dollars
and ask one question."
The mayor considered the offer briefly and accepted the
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 Kentucky sky. All
the pigeons in Lexington saw the blue pigeon. They gathered up
behind the blue pigeon. The Lexington 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 atop City Hall. The Mayor was very impressed. He thought
the man and the blue pigeon had performed a wonderful miraculous
feat to rid Lexington of the plague of pigeons.
Even though the man with the pigeon had charged nothing,
the mayor presented him with a check for 5 million dollars and
told the man that, indeed, he did have a question to ask and
even though they had agreed to no fee and the man had rid the
city of pigeons, he decided to pay the 5 million just to get
to ask ONE question.
The man accepted the money and told the mayor to ask his
The mayor asked: "Do you have a blue Mexican?"