The bike shop that I work at is in a college town, so we have many interesting people stopping in. Surprisingly enough, many of the more interesting people are not students, but professors!
One day, two professors who spoke very little English came in asking for a tire. They picked out one that they liked, and brought it to the register. However, from their description of the wheel, I knew that this particular tire would not fit.
I tried to convince them that it was the wrong size, but they insisted on buying this exact tire.
I finally became so exasperated that I said, "I will bet you a million dollars that this tire will not fit."
Suddenly, their eyes grew big, and the one holding the tire clutched it to his chest. "A meeell-yon dollas?" He wispered.
I had to quickly explain that no, the tire was not worth a million dollars, as well as what a figure of speech was.
They finally left somewhat confused, but with the right size tire.
by Angus Rose
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