A couple went to the county fair.
They ate all the food and rode all the rides. When it came time to leave the woman asked her husband if there was anything else he wanted to do. “I would like to take a ride in that airplane, but it costs $20.” She replied “20 dollars is 20 dollars.” He nodded sagely and they went home.
Next year they went back to the fair, and the year after that. Every year his longing to ride the airplane grew, and every year her answer was the same. “Twenty dollars is 20 dollars”.
After many years the now old man was talking to the pilot about how he had always longed to ride in his airplane, but his wife wouldn’t let him waste their money.
“I have an idea” the pilot said. “Let’s make a bet. You ride in the plane and if you don’t make a sound the whole time, i’ll give you your money back.”
The man’s wife reluctantly agreed, and the couple climbed into the back seat. The pilot fired up his engine and took off. Determined to make his money, the pilot did a series of barrel rolls, corkscrews, loop the loops, even climbed straight up until the engine stalled then dove straight down until he could restart it. Not a peep came from his passengers, so he levelled off and landed. He turned around and was shocked to see the old man sitting alone.
“Where’s your wife?” The pilot exclaimed.
“She fell out at the second barrel roll.” The man replied
“Why didn’t you say something? We could have landed and gone to look for her!”
“Well, I wanted to, but 20 dollars is 20 dollars.”