Bertil is sitting on a deserted beach watching the sunset when he notices something half buried in the sand. He pulls it out and sees that it is a heavy, jewel encrusted bottle. As he brushes off the sand, the bottle begins to shake and emit various colored clouds of smoke, then…POOF! A Genie appears from out of the bottle.
The Genie lavishes praise on Bertil, regales him with his story, and finally gets around to the ‘you have three wishes’ part of the tale.
So Bertil thinks about it for awhile and says “I have always wanted to go to Ireland, but I am afraid to fly and afraid to go on a boat, so for my first wish I want a highway from here to Ireland”.
The Genie at first is amazed at the character of Bertil and ask instead if he would not want “all the money… fame… glory… vast amounts of property… yadda yadda.
Nope, wish one is for the highway.
The Genie tells him that doing something like that borders almost on the impossible. The time, resources, and energy required to fulfil such a wish would most likely leave the Genie drained for thousands of years…is there something else, anything – even wishing for more wishes – that he might want?
Bertil pauses and thinks for awhile then says “Well, I have always wanted to understand women”
The Genie replies, “So this highway, did you want two lanes or four”?
Photos provided by and thanks to; bidulz.com & open.az