NASA was interviewing professionals they were figuring on sending
Mars. The touchy part was that only one guy could go and it would be a
one way trip, the guy not ever returning to Earth.
The interviewer asked the first applicant, an engineer, how much he
wanted to be paid for going.
"One million dollars," the engineer answered. "And I want to donate
it all to my alma mater--Rice University."
The next applicant was a doctor, and the interviewer asked him the
"Two millions dollars," the doctor said. "I want to give a million to
my family and leave the other million for the advancement of medical
The last applicant was a lawyer. When asked how much money he wanted,
he whispered in the interviewer's ear, "Three million dollars."
"Why so much more than the others?" the interviewer asked.
The lawyer replied, "You give me three million, I'll give you one
million, I'll keep a million, and we'll send the engineer."
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