A Wee Drinking Wager

A group of American tourists came into a local pub.


One of the Americans said in a loud voice, “I hear you Irish think you’re great drinkers. I’ll bet 5,000 Euros that no one in here can drink 30 pints of Guinness in 30 minutes.”

The bar was silent, the American noticed one small Irishman slipping out, but no one took up the bet.

40 minutes later the Irishman who left returned and said “Hey Yank, is your wee bet still on?”

“Sure” said the American, “30 pints in 30 minutes for a bet of 5,000 Euros.”

“Great!” replied the Irishman, “Pour the pints and start the clock.”

It was very close but the last drop was consumed with 30 seconds to spare.

“OK Yank, pay up.” said the Irishman.

“I’m happy to pay, here’s your money” said the American.

“But tell me, when I first offered the wager I noticed you left. Where did you go?’

The Irishman replied, “Well sir, 5,000 Euros would be a lot of money to a man like me, so I went to the pub across the road to make sure I could do it.”


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