Sunday, July 10, 2016

Wishin' and Hopin'

Wishin' and Hopin'

(no, that's not "Wishin' and Hoppin'", though I'll bet you read it that way first, huh? :) )

You're on "Let's Make a Deal!" and you're facing the three numbered doors. Monty Hall tells you that behind one of the doors is a million dollars (you just heard "meelyun dollllllars" in Dr Evil's voice, didn't you?)

...back to the story...

Monty tells you there's a million dollars behind one of the doors and you get to pick one of the doors, but behind the other two doors are mules. Much as you love mules, you pick door #1 in hopes of winning a million dollars.
But Monty's dealing doesn't end there.

Rather than first revealing what's behind door #1, Monty instead turns to Carol Merrill and asks her to kindly reveal what's behind door #3.

A mule.

Carol Merrill walks the mule off stage to much audience laughter. Mules are inherently funny.

But the deal making isn't done. Monty next turns back to you and says, "Tell you what I'm gonna do. I'll trade doors with you. If you want to, you can give door #1 back to me, and I'll give you what's behind door #2.

If you stick with door #1, you are wishing to win a million dollars.

If you take Monty up on the deal and trade for door #2, you are hoping to win a million dollars.

And that's the difference between wishing and hoping. And don't let Dusty Springfield tell you otherwise.

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