Q] A man hijacks a plane carrying 10 passengers and lots of money. Before the plane took off, the man asked government officials for 11 parachutes. He killed all the passengers on-board so that no-one could identify him and then took one parachute and jumped out with the money. Why did the man ask for 11 parachutes when he only needed 1?
Answer: It turns out that the man was incredibly clever to ask for 11 parachutes as opposed to 1. By asking for 11 parachutes, government officials would have thought the man was jumping out the plane with the hostages and so would not risk giving the man any faulty parachutes. If the man asked for just 1 parachute, government officials would have believed that the parachute was just for the man and could have tampered with it.
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