The NASA wanted to get a person land in Mars for the first time but they
weren't sure if that person would have the chance to come back to earth
alive though. They tried to find an american but none would stand up and
volunteer for going there. Thus NASA decided to come to Europe and find a
suitable person to send to Mars. They first went to Germany and asked a
german what would he want in order to accept going there with very little
chance of coming back. He asked for 3 million dollars. They were surprised
and asked why. The german replied: "Well, I want to make
sure that my family will have what to do after I leave, so they won't
worry of my absence". To the NASA people this amount looked high, thus they
decided going to Turkey as the economy level there is lower than Germany.
and asked a turkish man if he would accept to go to Mars and what amount
would he ask for doing that. He told them he wanted one million of dollars.
They asked why and he replied: "Well, I want my family to take the money
and buy a shop and have a business so they will not starve. Only then I'll
accept". Now, the NASA guys thought that one million of dollars for a
person was still a lot of money, thus they decided going to Albania, which
is much poorer than Turkey. (Here comes the funny part) They went to a
bar, saw an albanian drinking raki and asked him if they could join him.
He stood up, took chairs for them and asked the bartender to provide raki
to all his guests. While they were sitting, NASA guys start
to tell him their position, their concern and asked him if he would accept
going to Mars for the first time of humankind without being able to come
back, and what amount would he ask for doing that. The albanian man
- Well, I want five millions of dollars!
They replied - What?? Why?! Albania is so poor and you're asking 5 millions
of dollars? We've been in Germany and they asked for 3 millions, we've
been in Turkey and they asked for 1 million. What do you think you're
going to do with 5 millions?
The albanian man quietly thinking and drinking with pleasure his raki,
- Okay, who's paying the money, you from your pocket?
- No, - they answered - the U.S. government.
- Fine then - he said - I asked you five millions and you accept it, get
the money, give two millions to me, keep two millions for yourself and we
send the turkish man to Mars and everyone is happy