Walking along the beach, a man found a bottle, and picked it up.
A magical genie popped out and said, “Thanks for letting me out. For your kindness I will grant you one wish.”
The man thought about it for a moment and said, “I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii, but I can’t because I’m afraid to fly and ships make me deathly sea sick. My wish is for you to build a highway from here to Hawaii.”
“I’m sorry,” said the genie, “but I don’t think I can do that. Just think of all the work involved. Think of the huge pilings we would need to hold up that highway and how deep they would have to be to reach the bottom of the ocean. And think of all the cement that would be needed. Plus, since it’s such a long span, there would have to be gas stations and rest stops along the way. No, that’s just too much to ask. Impossible. Think of another wish.”
The man took another moment to think about it and said, “There is one thing I’ve always wanted to know. I’d like to be able to understand women. What makes them laugh and cry, why are they so temperamental, why are they so difficult to get along with… You know, what makes them tick?”
A blank gaze fell upon the Genie’s face for a moment then asked, “Do you want that highway with two lanes or four?”